Sell Your Cask of St Magdalene Whisky
Sell Your Cask of St Magdalene Whisky with Mark Littler
St Magdalene Cask Values & Valuations
St Magdalene (also known as Linlithgow) casks are arguably the most sought-after of all the Lowland distilleries. Sadly the distillery closed in 1983 and the buildings are now flats so there is no chance of it re-opening like Rosebank, Brora and Port Ellen.
Although the distillery had a capacity of around 200,000 gallons a year there were no official bottlings released by the distillery. As such casks of St Magdalene (or Linlithgow) are very sought after and command very high prices. As all casks are now 35 years old careful cask management is crucial to ensure your cask does not fall below the 40% ABV figure where the spirit can no longer be called whisky.
We specialise in the brokerage of St Magdalene casks and have buyers all over the world ready to put forward a no-obligation offer.
The most desirable St Magdalene casks are fresh fill sherry oak casks, however, refill sherry casks are also in demand. Bourbon casks (quite common at St Magdalene) do not command the same premium as sherry casks but can still sell well.
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Independent Whisky Cask Valuations
Sell Your Cask of St Magdalene 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 St Magdalene 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 St Magdalene 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 St Magdalene Cask for the Best Price
We achieve market-beating prices for St Magdalene 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 St Magdalene Cask With Mark Littler Ltd.
The process for selling your St Magdalene 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 ST MAGDALENE CASK VALUATION
Are you looking for a quick valuation on a St Magdalene 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.
St Magdalene Cask Selling FAQ
Why choose Mark Littler to Sell Your Whisky Cask?
At Mark Littler Ltd we sell your St Magdalene 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 St Magdalene Whisky Cask Valuations
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All of our valuations are without obligation. You can also call the Mark Littler direct on 01260 218718
The History of the St Magdalene Distillery
St Magdalene distillery produced single malt whisky between 1798 and 1983. Originally, there were 5 distilleries in the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, and while the St Magdalene Distillery was the longest-lasting, in the end, even this distillery too has closed its doors.
Constructed in the mid-1700s by Sebastian Henderson, the purpose of St Magdalene distillery was to oppose the Bulzion distillery’s construction which had appeared on the scene a few years before. The land where the distillery was built were the St Magdalene’s Cross convent lands, and had been rented by Henderson from the Countess of Dalhousie.
Provost and distiller Adam Dawson, who was already operating the Bonnytoun Distillery adjacent to the site bought the St Magdalene distillery in 1798 and moved over his operation. His business grew rapidly, and the distillery absorbed the original site at Bonnytoun, spanning 10 acres altogether. In 1834 it moved to the St Magdalene site so it would be closer to the Union Canal. Before the existence of the distillery, the site on which it was built was variously a hospital, convent and a leper colony, and its name came from the name of the lazar house which stood on the site at one time in its past.
Dawson’s family owned the distillery until the early part of the 20th century, and by 1856 the St Magdalene site was able to produce 4000 gallons of whisky every week, employing 30 people. However, in 1912 after the market declined amid intense competition in the industry, the company went into liquidation following the untimely death of John Kellie Dawon who was only 43 and passed away from meningitis. This led to the business being bought by DCL and then licensed out to William Greer & Co.
In 1914 the St Magdalene distillery became one of the five original distilleries that comprised the Scottish Malt Distillers and its buildings went through a renovation in 1927. Through the 20th century, DCL continued operating the distillery until 1983 when St Magdalene permanently closed its doors along with another 8 of its operations. During the early 1990s, the distillery was then renovated into flats however its kiln and malting barn remain registered as listed C Grade buildings and therefore are still standing.
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.