WHISKY CASK BUYING GUIDE

Buying a cask of whisky is a big financial decision.

Before you commit to buying a cask, sign up to receive our exclusive whisky cask buying guide. We will post a copy to you First Class so you can sit down and make an informed decision, maybe over a dram or two.

We believe owning a cask of whisky should be an experience rather than just an investment, and we encourage our customers to ensure they are familiar with all aspects of becoming a cask owner.

That is why we created our cask buyer’s guide, which includes all the information you will need to buy a cask of whisky and everything you need to know about investing in whisky.

Our exclusive magazine contains everything you need to know about investing in a cask of whisky and buying a whisky cask, including:

More information about our exclusive relationship with our bonded warehouse in southern Scotland and how you can visit your cask

Our proven strategy for seeing a profit from casks

Choosing a cask size and type

Why whisky casks should not be compared to the Knight Frank Index

Personalising your cask head and getting replica cask heads for you to hang at home or in the office

Selling your cask

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Inside Our Whisky Cask Guide

Inside our 52 page magazine you will find extensive information about all aspects of cask ownership.

The guide is broken down into 10 chapters with an additional appendix and FAQ section.

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Welcome to the world of whisky casks

We invite you into the world of whisky and introduce the journey to owning a cask

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About Mark Littler LTD

Why you should use Mark Littler Ltd; our ethos and what our customers have to say about us

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Choosing the right cask

Your choice of cask will shape the future of your whisky and is an integral part of buying a cask; we cover the basics of choosing your vessel.

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Buying Journey

Find out what buying a quality cask costs with Mark Littler. A breakdown of each stage of buying a cask with us.

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Profit: why buy young and sell old

An introduction to the whisky cask industry; why our customers choose to buy young and sell old.

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Experience: more than just an asset

Our hands on approach to cask ownership; visit your cask, draw bottles & personalise your cask.

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Trust: being open about cask ownership

The difference between casks & traditional investments, why casks cannot be compared to bottles & the hidden cost of bottling.

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Mature casks and corporate bottlings

For buyers who fully understand the lifecycle of a cask we can offer mature casks for sale. Plus corporate casks & private bottling.

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Celebration casks

A whisky cask is a distinctive gift for weddings, Christenings & more, offering continued enjoyment throughout the life of the cask.

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Cask customisation

Customise & personalise your cask; personalise your cask end & get a replica cask head to immortalise your cask ownership.

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FAQs

We explain some common cask industry jargon & run through average annual charges.

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Appendix

What to expect when selling your cask; bottling costs, wholesale to retail prices & selling in bond.

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Mark Littler LTD: Our Story So Far

At Mark Littler LTD we provide independent and open advice about all aspects of buying and selling antiques and whisky. Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make a sound decision when they are selling their items. To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles).

It was our intention to stay as an advisory service only to those looking to sell. But in the last 18 months we have seen such a wave of hyperbole and, well, frankly lies, with regards to cask investment we decided we had to take a stand.

We decided to apply the same guiding principles to help people buy a cask as those we use when we help people sell a cask, principles that have earned us over 300 five star reviews.

We have written and filmed content covering every aspect of buying casks so that people can understand how buying a cask works in order to make an informed decision about what is best for them. This takes time and not an insignificant amount of investment, but we think it is worth it to make sure people are being told the truth about owning a cask of whisky.

Advice You Can Trust

Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make a sound decision when they are selling their item.  To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles).

It was our intention to stay as an advisory service only to those looking to sell.  Buy in the last 18 months we have seen such as wave of hyperbole and, well, frankly lies, with regards to cask investment we decided we had to take a stand.

So we are applying the same guiding principles that have earned us over 300 five star reviews to help people buy a cask.

Mark-Littler-Whisky-Broker
I sold my Bruichladdich hogshead cask through Mark and can highly recommend his services. Immediate follow-up and a very clear outlined agreement while Mark managed to get a good price for the cask in a fairly short time period. I’m very pleased and would not hesitate to utilize his services again in the future.
John P.
00:22 30 Jan 20
I recently sold a 25 year old cask of Scottish whisky through Mark. The market is not easy to tap into but Mark has good connections and got me an excellent price. He made the process very simple and completed all the necessary paperwork for me. Highly recommended!
Dave M.
19:54 20 Jan 20
I had a cask of 10 year old Bruichladdich to sell. Googled potential buyers. Some traders didn’t bother to reply, even though I had sent full details. Mark was brilliant from the word go ... very professional and kept me well informed of progress. I ended up with over 50% more from him than my next best offer! Payment was very prompt.I would highly recommend Mark. Don’t waste time with the others ... they will just cause exasperation!!Thanks Mark . Pleasure doing business with you !
Diana M.
16:12 02 Dec 19
Mark was very helpful explaining me details about buying and owning a cask of whiskey - I will give him my best recommendations
Brian L.
09:12 26 Sep 19
Excellent services and communication! We are a group of Nordic guys, completely amateurs in the whisky market, who ended up with a cask 20 years ago when we were still quite young, without any plan about how to handle this. We were lucky to find someone like Mark, who got us a decent price and guided us through the process when we wanted to sell it. Payment and everything went smoothly overseas.
R S.
12:17 02 Sep 19
Really pleased that I chose Mark to broker and manage the sale of my two Bruichladdich casks. He was extremely professional, very pleasant to deal with and I was very satisfied with the price he managed to obtain for both my casks. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his service.
Laura F.
13:53 23 Jul 19
Mark Littler provided what we can only describe as an outstanding service in relation to the sale of some family casks of whisky. The whole process was conducted professionally and we were kept well- informed at every stage. We thoroughly and unhesitatingly recommend anyone considering the use of an independent broker to go to Mark's firm. Thank you, Mark.Jonathan and Thasoula Campbell
Thasoula C.
12:40 12 Jul 19
Mark provided an outstanding 5 star service in the sale of our whisky casks. He gave professional & knowledgable advice & we could not be happier with the outcome. He made the often administratively tricky process of whisky cask sales seamless for us & the whole transaction was extremely efficient. Communication was excellent from start to finish & we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the service Mark offers. Do not hesitate; we will actively be seeking to use his services again! Lorraine Flockhart
Lorraine F.
11:42 11 Jul 19
Contacted to sell cask of whisky. I could not have asked for better service, communication or completion of the process. Expectations and explanations were handled well, and everything went smoothly right up to and including the final payment for selling of the cask. If you have whisky to sell, I would make Mark Littler your first choice to handle things for you.
epi 2.
10:10 10 Jul 19
Having decided to sell our cask of Bruicladdich (which was held at the distillery), but with no idea how to do it, we approached Mark. He informed us of the process, both by email and over the ‘phone and then found a buyer prepared to offer significantly more than the distillery buy-back offer. Mark then arranged transfer of ownership and once that was completed we were promptly paid. Thank you Mark, we couldn’t have done this without you and we were pleased to find that you lived up to you many excellent reviews! D. Lee, A. Payne and A.Thompson
Adrian T.
07:51 14 Jun 19
Very easy service for the sale of a cask of whisky - Mark dealt with the transfer really impressively. Great service, many thanks
rupert C.
09:20 10 Jun 19
Would recommend Mark to everyone, for all the professional advise, help and expertise in relation to the sale of my casks of whisky
John B.
06:34 01 Jun 19
Mark is very professional and helpful all the way through the process of selling a cask. I really recommend Mark!
sophie S.
14:02 23 May 19
In the sale of our whisky casks Mark has been exemplaryHis honest advice and clear communication at every stage eased our path through the whole transaction. This, with the outstanding price he achieved for us, was more than impressive.We commend him highly to anyone with good whisky to sell.Thank you MarkEddie & AnitaYorkshire
Anita W.
12:20 06 May 19
Remarkable man. Remarkable service. The daunting prospect of how best to sell our cask of Macallan instead became a pleasure. Every aspect of the transaction was handled painlessly! Thank you Mark.
Ian F.
23:01 29 Mar 19
We recently decided to sell several casks of whisky that were left as an inheritance. Looking around online for alternatives we contacted Mark to see if a better price could be obtained than was offered by the distillery. Mark obtained a far better deal with a third party and very patiently and professionally guided us through the sales process, answering all our queries and concerns. Highly recommended.
Angus M.
10:40 18 Aug 18
It is our very great pleasure to endorse Mr. Mark Littler. We were joint owners of a hogshead cask of Ben Nevis Single Malt whisky which Mr. Littler sold on our behalf. As Australians with very little knowledge of the complexities of selling such a product we found Mark to be knowledgeable, approachable and thorough in his dealings with ourselves, the distillery and the buyer. His personal touch was refreshing and his honesty and integrity, impeccable. He accomplished exactly what he said he would, explaining at all times what, how and why he did it. In addition, his more than competitive fee of 10% was well justified by the excellent return he was able to achieve, in a domain that would have been totally beyond us.If there are any Australians looking for someone to sell assets such as this, feel free to ask Mark for our contact details and we will gladly speak with you about our experience.Mr J. A. P. Deakin and Dr W. E. Miles
Jerome D.
01:20 11 Aug 18
I approached Mark with some trepidation about the sale of a cask of whisky having no idea how to sell it. Mark is eminently knowledgeable about the resale process and before long had secured a very good offer. I was very impressed with the way Mark communicated during the process, he kept me up to date with regular calls and dealt with all the legal aspects of the sale. Well worth a five star rating and I would not hesitate to use Mark's services again.
Christopher H.
11:12 10 Aug 18
An extremely helpful & professional service. Mark was always ready with advice on procedures, most of which were a totally new experience for meMy whiskey cask sale was effectively prossessed and I had every confidence that matters were dealt with efficiently. Selling my cask was a completely new experience and without Mark’s help I do not think I could have managed such a satisfying outcome. If I ever have to repeat the process I would happily engage his services again
Roger M.
14:03 08 Aug 18
From my initial contact with Mark the whole experience of selling my cask of 1989 Macallan Whisky has been a breeze. Mark was very helpful, exceedingly dedicated and totally professional at all times.It was an excellent service provided at a very reasonable cost. Mark obtained a fantastic six-figure sum for my cask which I am completely over the moon with.I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.
Tim J.
10:42 24 Apr 18
I have just sold a large cask of Arran whisky I purchased in 1996 after finding Mark's website and comparing his service to other brokers.I could not be happier with the sale price, it was substantial and approx two thousand more than the next best offer. Mark is very helpful and has excellent communication skills. The sale went very smoothly and promptly.I would not hesitate to use his services again and recommend him to any other sellers of high value casks.
Ivan A.
11:01 11 Jan 18
Mark sold a cask of whisky which I had inherited and did not know what to do with. The offer I got through Mark was much higher than the distillery had offered me and the whole process was simple and best of all, profitable! He explained all of the steps I needed to take in a straightforward manner and no question was too small for him to answer. Well recommended.
James H.
10:34 01 Aug 17

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Buying a cask of whisky is a big financial decision.

Before you commit to buying a cask, please sign up to receive our exclusive whisky cask buying guide. We will post a copy to you 1st class so you can sit down and make an informed decision, maybe over a dram or two.

We believe owning a cask of whisky should be an experience rather than just an investment, and we encourage our customers to ensure they are familiar with all aspects of becoming a cask owner.

That is why we created our cask buyer’s guide, which includes all the information you will need to buy a cask of whisky and everything you need to know about investing in whisky.

Our exclusive magazine contains everything you need to know about investing in a cask of whisky and buying a whisky cask, including:

  • More information about our exclusive relationship with our bonded warehouse in southern Scotland and how you can visit your cask
  • Our proven strategy for seeing a profit from casks
  • Choosing a cask size and type
  • Why whisky casks should not be compared to the Knight Frank Index
  • Personalising your cask head and getting replica cask heads for you to hang at home or in the office
  • Selling your cask

Send me my free cask buying guide

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Inside Our Whisky Cask Guide

Inside our 52 page magazine you will find extensive information about all aspects of cask ownership.

The guide is broken down into 10 chapters with an additional appendix and FAQ section.

Invest Whisky Cask (15)

Welcome to the world of whisky casks

Invest Whisky Cask (33)

About Mark Littler LTD

Invest Whisky Cask (5)

Choosing the right cask

Invest Whisky Cask (26)

Buying Journey

Invest Whisky Cask (10)

Profit: why buy young and sell old

Invest Whisky Cask (8)

Experience: more than just an asset

Invest Whisky Cask (7)

Trust: being open about cask ownership

Invest Whisky Cask (20)

Mature casks and corporate bottlings

Whisky-Cask-Birthday

Celebration casks

Invest Whisky Cask (4)

Cask customisation

Invest Whisky Cask (31)

FAQs

Invest Whisky Cask (9)

Appendix

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Mark Littler LTD: Our Story So Far

At Mark Littler LTD we provide independent and open advice about all aspects of buying and selling antiques and whisky. Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make a sound decision when they are selling their items. To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles).

It was our intention to stay as an advisory service only to those looking to sell. But in the last 18 months we have seen such a wave of hyperbole and, well, frankly lies, with regards to cask investment we decided we had to take a stand.

We decided to apply the same guiding principles to help people buy a cask as those we use when we help people sell a cask, principles that have earned us over 300 five star reviews.

We have written and filmed content covering every aspect of buying casks so that people can understand how buying a cask works in order to make an informed decision about what is best for them. This takes time and not an insignificant amount of investment, but we think it is worth it to make sure people are being told the truth about owning a cask of whisky.

Advice You Can Trust

Since 2016 our aim has been simple – to provide a trustworthy source of information to help people make a sound decision when they are selling their item.  To date we have sold millions of pounds worth of antiques and whisky (both casks and bottles).

It was our intention to stay as an advisory service only to those looking to sell.  Buy in the last 18 months we have seen such as wave of hyperbole and, well, frankly lies, with regards to cask investment we decided we had to take a stand.

So we are applying the same guiding principles that have earned us over 300 five star reviews to help people buy a cask.

Mark-Littler-Whisky-Broker
I sold my Bruichladdich hogshead cask through Mark and can highly recommend his services. Immediate follow-up and a very clear outlined agreement while Mark managed to get a good price for the cask in a fairly short time period. I’m very pleased and would not hesitate to utilize his services again in the future.
John P.
00:22 30 Jan 20
I recently sold a 25 year old cask of Scottish whisky through Mark. The market is not easy to tap into but Mark has good connections and got me an excellent price. He made the process very simple and completed all the necessary paperwork for me. Highly recommended!
Dave M.
19:54 20 Jan 20
I had a cask of 10 year old Bruichladdich to sell. Googled potential buyers. Some traders didn’t bother to reply, even though I had sent full details. Mark was brilliant from the word go ... very professional and kept me well informed of progress. I ended up with over 50% more from him than my next best offer! Payment was very prompt.I would highly recommend Mark. Don’t waste time with the others ... they will just cause exasperation!!Thanks Mark . Pleasure doing business with you !
Diana M.
16:12 02 Dec 19
Mark was very helpful explaining me details about buying and owning a cask of whiskey - I will give him my best recommendations
Brian L.
09:12 26 Sep 19
Excellent services and communication! We are a group of Nordic guys, completely amateurs in the whisky market, who ended up with a cask 20 years ago when we were still quite young, without any plan about how to handle this. We were lucky to find someone like Mark, who got us a decent price and guided us through the process when we wanted to sell it. Payment and everything went smoothly overseas.
R S.
12:17 02 Sep 19
Really pleased that I chose Mark to broker and manage the sale of my two Bruichladdich casks. He was extremely professional, very pleasant to deal with and I was very satisfied with the price he managed to obtain for both my casks. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and his service.
Laura F.
13:53 23 Jul 19
Mark Littler provided what we can only describe as an outstanding service in relation to the sale of some family casks of whisky. The whole process was conducted professionally and we were kept well- informed at every stage. We thoroughly and unhesitatingly recommend anyone considering the use of an independent broker to go to Mark's firm. Thank you, Mark.Jonathan and Thasoula Campbell
Thasoula C.
12:40 12 Jul 19
Mark provided an outstanding 5 star service in the sale of our whisky casks. He gave professional & knowledgable advice & we could not be happier with the outcome. He made the often administratively tricky process of whisky cask sales seamless for us & the whole transaction was extremely efficient. Communication was excellent from start to finish & we would have no hesitation in highly recommending the service Mark offers. Do not hesitate; we will actively be seeking to use his services again! Lorraine Flockhart
Lorraine F.
11:42 11 Jul 19
Contacted to sell cask of whisky. I could not have asked for better service, communication or completion of the process. Expectations and explanations were handled well, and everything went smoothly right up to and including the final payment for selling of the cask. If you have whisky to sell, I would make Mark Littler your first choice to handle things for you.
epi 2.
10:10 10 Jul 19
Having decided to sell our cask of Bruicladdich (which was held at the distillery), but with no idea how to do it, we approached Mark. He informed us of the process, both by email and over the ‘phone and then found a buyer prepared to offer significantly more than the distillery buy-back offer. Mark then arranged transfer of ownership and once that was completed we were promptly paid. Thank you Mark, we couldn’t have done this without you and we were pleased to find that you lived up to you many excellent reviews! D. Lee, A. Payne and A.Thompson
Adrian T.
07:51 14 Jun 19
Very easy service for the sale of a cask of whisky - Mark dealt with the transfer really impressively. Great service, many thanks
rupert C.
09:20 10 Jun 19
Would recommend Mark to everyone, for all the professional advise, help and expertise in relation to the sale of my casks of whisky
John B.
06:34 01 Jun 19
Mark is very professional and helpful all the way through the process of selling a cask. I really recommend Mark!
sophie S.
14:02 23 May 19
In the sale of our whisky casks Mark has been exemplaryHis honest advice and clear communication at every stage eased our path through the whole transaction. This, with the outstanding price he achieved for us, was more than impressive.We commend him highly to anyone with good whisky to sell.Thank you MarkEddie & AnitaYorkshire
Anita W.
12:20 06 May 19
Remarkable man. Remarkable service. The daunting prospect of how best to sell our cask of Macallan instead became a pleasure. Every aspect of the transaction was handled painlessly! Thank you Mark.
Ian F.
23:01 29 Mar 19
We recently decided to sell several casks of whisky that were left as an inheritance. Looking around online for alternatives we contacted Mark to see if a better price could be obtained than was offered by the distillery. Mark obtained a far better deal with a third party and very patiently and professionally guided us through the sales process, answering all our queries and concerns. Highly recommended.
Angus M.
10:40 18 Aug 18
It is our very great pleasure to endorse Mr. Mark Littler. We were joint owners of a hogshead cask of Ben Nevis Single Malt whisky which Mr. Littler sold on our behalf. As Australians with very little knowledge of the complexities of selling such a product we found Mark to be knowledgeable, approachable and thorough in his dealings with ourselves, the distillery and the buyer. His personal touch was refreshing and his honesty and integrity, impeccable. He accomplished exactly what he said he would, explaining at all times what, how and why he did it. In addition, his more than competitive fee of 10% was well justified by the excellent return he was able to achieve, in a domain that would have been totally beyond us.If there are any Australians looking for someone to sell assets such as this, feel free to ask Mark for our contact details and we will gladly speak with you about our experience.Mr J. A. P. Deakin and Dr W. E. Miles
Jerome D.
01:20 11 Aug 18
I approached Mark with some trepidation about the sale of a cask of whisky having no idea how to sell it. Mark is eminently knowledgeable about the resale process and before long had secured a very good offer. I was very impressed with the way Mark communicated during the process, he kept me up to date with regular calls and dealt with all the legal aspects of the sale. Well worth a five star rating and I would not hesitate to use Mark's services again.
Christopher H.
11:12 10 Aug 18
An extremely helpful & professional service. Mark was always ready with advice on procedures, most of which were a totally new experience for meMy whiskey cask sale was effectively prossessed and I had every confidence that matters were dealt with efficiently. Selling my cask was a completely new experience and without Mark’s help I do not think I could have managed such a satisfying outcome. If I ever have to repeat the process I would happily engage his services again
Roger M.
14:03 08 Aug 18
From my initial contact with Mark the whole experience of selling my cask of 1989 Macallan Whisky has been a breeze. Mark was very helpful, exceedingly dedicated and totally professional at all times.It was an excellent service provided at a very reasonable cost. Mark obtained a fantastic six-figure sum for my cask which I am completely over the moon with.I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.
Tim J.
10:42 24 Apr 18
I have just sold a large cask of Arran whisky I purchased in 1996 after finding Mark's website and comparing his service to other brokers.I could not be happier with the sale price, it was substantial and approx two thousand more than the next best offer. Mark is very helpful and has excellent communication skills. The sale went very smoothly and promptly.I would not hesitate to use his services again and recommend him to any other sellers of high value casks.
Ivan A.
11:01 11 Jan 18
Mark sold a cask of whisky which I had inherited and did not know what to do with. The offer I got through Mark was much higher than the distillery had offered me and the whole process was simple and best of all, profitable! He explained all of the steps I needed to take in a straightforward manner and no question was too small for him to answer. Well recommended.
James H.
10:34 01 Aug 17

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