INDEPENDENT WHISKY BROKER

Independent Whisky Broker

We are an independent whisky broker and are here to help you get the best deal when you sell your cask.  We recently sold three casks for a client for more than three times the amount offered by another broker and more than four times that which the distillery offered them.

Being an independent broker means we can offer your casks to clients all over the world rather than just our parent company.  We have strong buyers in the Far East that many UK whisky brokers don’t have access to.

We can also broker sales for bottles (rather than casks) and a quick read of our Google Reviews will reveal many happy customers.

Whisky casks – the ultimate investment?

If we had access to a crystal ball I’m sure everyone would have bought a lot more whisky casks.  The exponential growth in the whisky market has seen the price of single malt whisky rocket.  With some 70cl bottles regularly selling for over £10,000 imagine if you had invested in an entire cask.

The reality is that if you bought a cask of good single malt whisky before the year 2000 there is every chance you will stand to make a good profit.  Some whisky casks which originally cost as little as £500 in the mid 1990’s are now worth over £50,000.

Selling your first or fiftieth cask – we help you get the best deal

If you would like to see if we can get you a better deal for your cask of whisky use our contact form below.

If you are new to selling cask whisky read our guide below to find out what affects the price of your cask.

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What we could give to go back to the ‘pre boom’ days to buy casks of Springbank.

Independent Whisky Broker

We are an independent whisky broker and are here to help you get the best deal when you sell your cask.  We recently sold three casks for a client for more than three times the amount offered by another broker and more than four times that which the distillery offered them.

Being an independent broker means we can offer your casks to clients all over the world rather than just our parent company.  We have strong buyers in the Far East that many UK whisky brokers don’t have access to.

We can also broker sales for bottles (rather than casks) and a quick read of our Google Reviews will reveal many happy customers.

Whisky casks – the ultimate investment?

If we had access to a crystal ball I’m sure everyone would have bought a lot more whisky casks.  The exponential growth in the whisky market has seen the price of single malt whisky rocket.  With some 70cl bottles regularly selling for over £10,000 imagine if you had invested in an entire cask.

The reality is that if you bought a cask of good single malt whisky before the year 2000 there is every chance you will stand to make a good profit.  Some whisky casks which originally cost as little as £500 in the mid 1990’s are now worth over £50,000.

Selling your first or fiftieth cask – we help you get the best deal

If you would like to see if we can get you a better deal for your cask of whisky use our contact form below.

If you are new to selling cask whisky read our guide below to find out what affects the price of your cask.

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What we could give to go back to the ‘pre boom’ days to buy casks of Springbank.

What affects the value of single malt whisky casks?

Distilleries

By far the most important contributing factor to the value of your whisky is the distillery who made it.  

If you have a cask of Macallan whisky then you are very fortunate indeed.  Demand for Macallan single malt whisky is particularily high from the Far East, especially in Hong Kong.

It is not just Macallan whisky that is in demand.  With over 100 distilleries in Scotland producing single malt whisky buyers are spoilt for choice.  The most popular, and thus most valuable, are from the following distillers:

Ardbeg, Bowmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Mortlach, Port Ellen, Rosebank, Springbank.

If you have a whisky cask from another distiller this is not to say that it is not valuable as there is more than one variable that makes a cask of single malt whisky commercial (more details about these features are listed below).

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The unmistakeable Ardbeg distillery – their single malt is one of the most sought after on the current market.
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A view inside the Springbank warehouse.
Helping You Sell Your Cask of Whisky
If you have been patient enough allow your cask to mature more than 18 years you will be rewarded greatly when you sell it.

Age of whisky

The next most important contributing factor to the value of your cask of single malt whisky is the age of the whisky.  The age of the whisky is simply the time that the whisky has spent in the cask.  Once the spirit is over 5 years old there is no requirement to bottle a single malt whisky at a particular age.  The most popular bottling ages are when the whisky is 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25 years old.

One common misnomer is that a whisky will continue to improve with age.  It has been shown in many instances that once a whisky reaches 18 years old it is physically impossible to draw and more flavour from the casks.  If this is to be believed then there is no point maturing whisky past 18 years old.  However, the market has a different opinion and older casks are valued much more than younger casks as the scarcity of casks becomes a contributing factor.

Type of cask

The type of cask your whisky has been placed into is the main contributing factor to the style of your single malt whisky.  The cask imbues the whisky with its character and adds complex flavours and aromas.

 The main types of cask that are used are:

Bourbon, Burgundy, Madeira, Port, Sherry, Sauternes Bordeaux (red), Tokaji, Ruby Port, Barolo, Chardonnay, Muscat, Rum, Amarone, Marsala.

Buyers from the Far East are particularly interested in the sweeter single malts, so any Sherry or Madeira casks command a premium.

Size of cask

Whisky matures quicker in smaller barrels as the surface area is bigger in relation to the volume of spirit.  American Standard Barrels (ASB), which come from the production of Bourbon, are the starting ingredient for the Standard Hogshead (SH).  Roughly four or five ABS’s are used to make three SH casks.

The capacity of the most commonly found barrels are as follows:

American Standard Barrel/Bourbon Barrel  200 litres
Butt 500 litres
Quarter Cask  125 litres
Standard Hogshead  238 litres

Clearly, the more whisky you have, the more potential value there is in your cask.

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The size of your whisky cask not only determines how much whisky you have buy also how quickly it matures.

How to get a free valuation of your cask

Being independent whisky brokers we can provide you with a free valuation of your cask.  We can also provide you with offers from our clients for your consideration.  There is no charge or obligation.

In order for us to provide you with a valuation/offer you will need to provide us with all of the information you have about the cask including details of any regauges.

Our commission on sales is a flat 10%.

What is a regauge?

A regauge is the process where the distillery will inform you how many litres of alcohol there are in you cask and what percentage proof it is.  Whisky evaporates at a rate of 2% per year, often called the angels share.

Once you have all of this information you can fill in the form below and we will get to work to provide you with a free valuation and/or bids from our clients.

You can also call us on 01270 440357 or email us.

 

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Any questions? We will be happy to help you through the whole process and answer any questions – no matter how big or small.

What affects the value of single malt whisky casks?

Distilleries

By far the most important contributing factor to the value of your whisky is the distillery who made it.  

If you have a cask of Macallan whisky then you are very fortunate indeed.  Demand for Macallan single malt whisky is particularily high from the Far East, especially in Hong Kong.

It is not just Macallan whisky that is in demand.  With over 100 distilleries in Scotland producing single malt whisky buyers are spoilt for choice.  The most popular, and thus most valuable, are from the following distillers:

Ardbeg, Bowmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Mortlach, Port Ellen, Rosebank, Springbank.

If you have a whisky cask from another distiller this is not to say that it is not valuable as there is more than one variable that makes a cask of single malt whisky commercial (more details about these features are listed below).

Whisky Broker UK
The unmistakeable Ardbeg distillery – their single malt is one of the most sought after on the current market.

Age of whisky

The next most important contributing factor to the value of your cask of single malt whisky is the age of the whisky.  The age of the whisky is simply the time that the whisky has spent in the cask.  Once the spirit is over 5 years old there is no requirement to bottle a single malt whisky at a particular age.  The most popular bottling ages are when the whisky is 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25 years old.

One common misnomer is that a whisky will continue to improve with age.  It has been shown in many instances that once a whisky reaches 18 years old it is physically impossible to draw and more flavour from the casks.  If this is to be believed then there is no point maturing whisky past 18 years old.  However, the market has a different opinion and older casks are valued much more than younger casks as the scarcity of casks becomes a contributing factor.

Type of cask

The type of cask your whisky has been placed into is the main contributing factor to the style of your single malt whisky.  The cask imbues the whisky with its character and adds complex flavours and aromas.

 The main types of cask that are used are:

Bourbon, Burgundy, Madeira, Port, Sherry, Sauternes Bordeaux (red), Tokaji, Ruby Port, Barolo, Chardonnay, Muscat, Rum, Amarone, Marsala.

Buyers from the Far East are particularly interested in the sweeter single malts, so any Sherry or Madeira casks command a premium.

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A view inside the Springbank warehouse.

Size of cask

Whisky matures quicker in smaller barrels as the surface area is bigger in relation to the volume of spirit.  American Standard Barrels (ASB), which come from the production of Bourbon, are the starting ingredient for the Standard Hogshead (SH).  Roughly four or five ABS’s are used to make three SH casks.

The capacity of the most commonly found barrels are as follows:

American Standard Barrel/Bourbon Barrel  200 litres
Butt 500 litres
Quarter Cask  125 litres
Standard Hogshead  238 litres

Clearly, the more whisky you have, the more potential value there is in your cask.

Whisky Broker England
The size of your whisky cask not only determines how much whisky you have buy also how quickly it matures.

How to get a free valuation of your cask

Being independent whisky brokers we can provide you with a free valuation of your cask.  We can also provide you with offers from our clients for your consideration.  There is no charge or obligation.

In order for us to provide you with a valuation/offer you will need to provide us with all of the information you have about the cask including details of any regauges.

Our commission on sales is a flat 10%.

What is a regauge?

A regauge is the process where the distillery will inform you how many litres of alcohol there are in you cask and what percentage proof it is.  Whisky evaporates at a rate of 2% per year, often called the angels share.

Once you have all of this information you can fill in the form below and we will get to work to provide you with a free valuation and/or bids from our clients.

You can also call us on 01270 440357 or email us.

 

FREE WHISKY CASK VALUATIONS

Whisky Cask Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your whisky cask?  If so then we can help. 

Email details about your cask to mark@marklittler.com or call us on 01270 440357

You can also send us images via WhatsApp or SMS to 07415 145228

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your cask and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your Whisky Cask

We can help you sell your whisky cask and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

Online Valuation Form

Are you looking for a valuation of your cask? If so then we can help.

Email details about your cask to mark@marklittler.com or call us on 01270 440357

You can also click to send us a text

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your cask and we will reply with a valuation.

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