Dr Martin Purvis Quarter Cask Insights barrel wood freight ship

Bite-sized learning on everything and anything relating to wood, casks and the maturation of spirits by Dr. Martin Purvis.

Top tips for buyers of new and used barrels in these market conditions….all learned the hard way!

1. Talk to your suppliers regularly and importantly listen to what they have to say. Multiple views of the same market are really useful and it keeps you positioned for anything that arises.
2. Meet them face to face if you can, video calls and phone are okay but no substitute for in person.
3. Pay your bills on time….obviously!
4. Share your issues and ideas – we maybe able to help.
5. Be flexible on what you need – fillings are key and quality can be resolved in the next time of plenty.
6. Don’t sit on the fence for too long – i’m still sore after losing 25,000 barrels in 2014 due to too much navel gazing.
7. Freight is key in these markets so don’t lose sight of who provides that for you.

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Someone once told me an anecdote that (as a buyer) you don’t get sacked for paying too much – only for not being able to buy at all.

Always happy to chat and provide a view on what is going on right now in the barrel market.

by Master of Wood and Barrel Expert Dr. Martin Purvis, at Smart Distillery Solutions, servicing clients such as Kelvin Cooperage.

Qualifications: BSc/PHD Geology, MSc Brew/Distilling, MBA Luxury Brand Marketing and Family Business

Background: Martin has worked for nearly 20 years across the spirit drinks industry in a variety of roles from Technical Support, Compliance, Food Safety, HMRC, Blending, Procurement of raw materials, Barrel Procurement, Maturation improvement, grain storage and merchanting, used and new barrel sales, customer relationship management, new business development.

Martin Purvis Smart Distillery Solutions Kelvin Cooperage


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