Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen Whisky
Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen Whisky with Mark Littler
Port Ellen Cask Values & Valuations
Port Ellen casks are arguably the most sought-after casks on the market. Whenever casks appear records seem to tumble as everyone tries to get hold of this elusive spirit. However, it may not be elusive for much longer…
In late 2017 Diageo announced that the Port Ellen distillery would be re-opened and new whisky would be produced ‘in carefully controlled quantities… replicating where possible the distillation regimes and spirit character of the original distilleries’. Some think that this will drive down prices for Port Ellen, but given that the new spirit has to age for a minimum of three years (and most likely 10 years +) we are not going to see any ‘new’ Port Ellen on the market for a while yet.
We specialise in the brokerage of Port Ellen casks and have buyers all over the world ready to put forward a no-obligation offer.
The most desirable Port Ellen casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand. Bourbon casks (quite common at Port Ellen) do not command the same premium as sherry casks but can still sell well.
QUICK PORT ELLEN CASK VALUATION
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Independent Whisky Cask Valuations
Sell Your Cask of Port Ellen Whisky with Mark Littler
We have sold millions of pounds of casks for our customers, consistently achieving the best price for all types of whisky cask. We help you sell your cask for the best price by going direct to our extensive network of buyers.
We pride ourselves on our open and friendly approach to selling a cask of whisky. No question is too small and we are happy to offer complimentary valuations on your cask and expert advice on how to achieve the best price when selling your cask.
At Mark Littler we are committed to providing the foremost independent whisky brokerage service in the UK.
What affects the value of a cask of Port Ellen whisky?
There are a large number of interlinking factors that impact the final valuation of a cask of whisky. It is a combination of all the following features that can make a cask expensive, or worthless:
Bottles & Mementos From Your Cask
After waiting decades for your cask of Port Ellen to mature wouldn’t it be nice to keep a bottle or two? That’s what we think too and as long as we know the number of bottles you want to keep (up to 6 is normally fine) we can work that into the negotiations.
We have worked with the award-winning designer Tom Niklin to design an incredible label for our clients bottles. Tom has worked with the likes of Johnnie Walker, Singleton, Bulleit, Haig, Royal Lochnagar, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin and Talisker.
This means that when you get your memento from your cask it will look like any other premium bottle of whisky you would find in a whisky retailer. We also have personalisation labels so you can use your bottles as special gifts.
We worked with the award-winning designer Tom Niklin to design our bespoke labels for our client’s bottles.
How to Sell Your Port Ellen Cask for the Best Price
We achieve market-beating prices for Port Ellen casks by finding you the perfect end-user for your cask. We work our networks in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, and Asia to find the person whose requirements perfectly match those of your cask. This means it can take a few weeks for us to get offers for your cask, but as you most likely have waited several decades for the cask to mature we hope you can wait a few more weeks.
The majority of our clients are based in Asia where any form of Single Malt Scotch Whisky is now positioned as one of the most sought-after assets. It is the demand from Asia that has driven record prices for bottles, culminating in the sale of a 1926 bottle of Macallan for £1,500,000 in 2019. As whisky is now seen as a status symbol the ultra-wealthy see casks of whisky as the ultimate status symbol.
Sell Your Port Ellen Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.
The process for selling your Port Ellen cask with Mark Littler Ltd is straightforward, we can offer help and advice at every stage of the journey.
The Cask Selling Process
Once we have the relevant details from your cask we provide an initial valuation, then work with our network of international buyers to negotiate the best offers for your consideration.
If you decide to proceed with the offer we will make sure you understand the process and issue you with a contract. At this stage we can work with you to draw off a number of bottles for personal use.
We manage all transfer paperwork and guide you through the selling process stage by stage. Once the paperwork has been transferred to the new owners we release the funds to you.
QUICK PORT ELLEN CASK VALUATION
Are you looking for a quick valuation on a Port Ellen cask you own or are looking to sell? Enter your details below and we will provide you with a free, no-obligation, open market valuation of your cask.
Port Ellen Cask Selling FAQ
Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?
At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your Port Ellen cask to make a profit for you. We are an independent whisky broker and we are different from other cask selling services in that we help you sell your cask direct to the end-user, which means we can get you the best price for your cask. Many other cask selling services buy your cask and then resell it themselves, which means it is not in their interest to get you the best price. Our fees are a flat 10% so you know exactly what to expect when you sell your cask through us.
Don’t just take our word for it. Mark Littler Ltd was established in 2016 and we have over 300 five-star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yell from our contented customers. We understand that selling a cask is a significant transaction and can offer independent references on demand.
Delivering Profit to Our Customers
Our international network of buyers ensures we can match your cask with the right consumer to get you the best possible price for your whisky cask. Our extensive network of buyers means we consistently deliver offers that are higher than those put forward by distilleries or other brokers. We work on a flat 10% commission rate, no hidden costs, just us ensuring you get the most out of your cask.
Already have an offer on your cask? Our advice is completely free and as part of our drive to increase transparency in the cask industry we would be more than happy for you to get in touch for a no-obligation chat about selling your whisky cask.
Experience Your Cask
As well as ensuring that selling your whisky cask is a straightforward experience, because of our exclusive industry contacts we can offer a series of unique opportunities when you sell your cask with us.
- Keep 1-6 bottles of your cask, at cost
- Have just a portion of your cask bottled
- Get a custom cask head as a memento of your cask
Bottle up to 6 bottles at cost (plus duty, VAT and bottling fees (aprox. £10-£20 per bottle for a bespoke label design), which can be deducted from the final profit from your cask. If you would like to bottle more than 6 bottles we can also arrange part bottling of your cask. If you would like any bottles from your cask please let us know at the start of the process so we can let any potential buyer know.
Independent Port Ellen Whisky Cask Valuations
In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.
All of our valuations are without obligation. You can also call the Mark Littler direct on 01260 218718
The History of the Port Ellen Distillery
Having been first opened in 1824, the Port Ellen Distillery was one of the later distilleries to open on the south coast of Islay. Constructed by Alexander Mackay, this Port Ellen site was built on an old malt mill which may have already been supplying the Oa Peninsula’s many illicit distilleries. Unfortunately, Mackay struggled in his venture, and so in 1836 the Port Ellen distillery’s lease was taken over from John Ramsay, a 21-year-old who had an uncle who was a distiller in Clackmannanshire.
Ramsay did not only establish the distillery, he also became business partners with the owner of Islay, Walter Frederick Campbell. The pair started up a bi-weekly steamer which plied the waters between Glasgow and the island and helped to cement the whisky industry’s success on Islay. It was also this development that made Port Ellen the main ferry terminal of the island instead of Bowmore.
The Ramsay family kept control of the distillery until 1920 when the Port Ellen Distillery Company, a newly formed organisation purchased it. This company had been started up by James Buchanan and John Dewar. It then merged with DCL five years later, and Port Ellen’s ownership fell into the hands of this giant of the whisky production industry. In 1930, it closed its doors for business and it was not until 1967 that it finally reopened once more – a fact that is often forgotten by fans of this brand.
The traditional distillery buildings found themselves dwarfed by the erection of brand new drum maltings in 1972 which were constructed alongside to supply the malt for the DCL’s 3 Islay Plants – Port Ellen, Lagavulin and Caol Ila. However, during the 1980s the excess whisky loch had a severe impact on Islay. Single malt had fallen out of favour and fewer major distillers were producing it.
Blenders required just a tiny amount of smoky malt for their products and this meant that many of Islay’s distilleries shut up shop. DCL, with its 3 distilleries, was much more exposed to the financial problems of this era and in 1983, it closed the doors of its Port Ellen operation for good. Now its stocks are starting to dwindle, and this has led to its prices rising.
Yet in 2017, plans were touted to reopen the Port Ellen distillery and, assuming planning permission is granted, its site is expected to come into operation once again by 2020.
Distillery Specific Pages
We can help sell casks from all distilleries, find out more about selling your specific cask of whisky on our specialised distillery pages.