Our Speyside and Islay indices continue to perform extraordinarily well. Some independent bottlings realized top value gains too while the Arrrrrrrdbeg is the most traded whisky of the month. Here is the Whiskystats Price Update for April 2021!
The 17 thousand new price observations from April brought no change to the overall upward trend we are witnessing for a couple of months now. Both our major market indices, the WWI and the Fab50, are deep in the greens. The WWI is slowly approaching the 300 index points as April 2021 was the fifth consecutive month without any index losses. At the same time, our fabulous fifty single malts are worth almost 150 thousand Euros. Needless to say that this marks a new all-time record too!
Our above displayed region indices clearly indicate where the gains are coming from. The historically most traded Islay whiskies gained 4,5%, those from the Lowlands 4,8% and the most traded Speyside whiskies gained a staggering 5,9% within a single round of auctions. This separates our Islay and Speyside indices even more from the Highlands. At the same time, the Lowlands fought back against Campbeltown to reclaim place four among these Scotch whisky regions. And then our Japan index increased by 2,2% too and now stands at 799 index points. If you are looking for the best performing whisky market segment of all time, look no further. Since the climax of the Japanese Whisky Boom in 2015, our Japan index doubled yet again!
When we look at the top value gainers of this month, we see that most of the spots are taken by releases from independent bottlers. The Rosebank 25.40 from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society was last seen on auctions in April 2013. Back then it sold for 150 Euros, whereas now the price was 1.150 Euros equalling an increase of almost 700%. An Ardbeg 15yo (1975) bottled by Samaroli sold for 6.600 Euros realizing an 630% gain since February 2015. The Bowmore 23yo (1982) Cask 85014 from Duncan Taylor fetched 560 Euros too after it was last auctioned back in 2013 for 100 Euros.
While the above mentioned were all gone from the market for a long time, the displayed Inchgower 28yo (1985) Stamps by The Whisky Agency was last traded in January 2020. But that certainly did not keep it from gaining some significant value. The 830 Euros which were paid now equal a 400% increase in value in little more than a year. But the list doesn’t stop here. Also from The Whisky Exchange, there is this Glenallachie from 1974 which achieved 900 Euros. And what happened to the Macallan 12yo (1993) Provenance from Douglas McGibbon can probably be best described as an “outlier”. With 2.800 Euros the Macallan 25yo (1954) from Gordon & MacPhail is the most expensive expression in this list. Before this round of auctions, our last price point was 670 Euros and came from August 2013.
Looking at the most traded whiskies of the month, we see many familiar faces and some unexpected ones. On top of this list is the Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! (Committee Release) which is currently selling for 260 Euros. There is, of course, quite some price variability as we can see in the below chart. But we wouldn’t expect anything else from this sort of release by now. Among these most liquid liquids on the market, there are of course some Macallans too. The Macallan Edition No.3 now stands at 225 Euros on average while the Macallan Edition No.6 is coming in at 185 Euros.
More of a surprise is that the Glenlivet 13yo (2006) The Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory Vintage made it to this list. The 81 bottles sold both at ScotchWhiskyAuctions.com and WhiskyAuctioneer.com mean it is the third most traded whisky of this month. Interestingly, because there came only 612 bottles out of cask 901005, so a big chunk of that was auctioned off now. And last but not least, the most expensive heavily traded whisky is the Macallan Peter Blake Gift Box. The 78 prices averaged to 2.900 Euros per bottle.
As each and every month, we close this update with a gentle reminder to check the latest value of your personal collection too!
|Macallan Amber / 1824 Series Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|70cl / 40% / Distillery Bottling - An, unsurprisingly, amber-coloured dram from Macallan, part of the colour-named 1824 Series. It's matured in sherry casks and chosen to be more fully flavoured than the Gold but more restrained than the Sienna. A great example of what Macallan can do with good-quality oak.|
|125 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|140 GBP Estimated Market Value|
|Macallan 12 Year Old / Fine Oak / Triple Cask Matured Speyside Whisky|
|70cl / 40% / Distillery Bottling - An evolution of Macallan's 12 year old whisky, matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks.|
|70 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|110 GBP Estimated Market Value|
|Inchgower 1997 / 22 Year Old / Sherry Cask Finish / Signatory Speyside Whisky|
|70cl / 59.7% / Signatory - A 1997 Inchgower single malt from indie bottler Signatory Vintage, matured in bourbon hoogsheads for 22 years, before being finished in a single sherry butt for the final two years and was bottled in February 2020 as part of its Cask Strength Collection.|
|140 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|190 GBP Estimated Market Value|