Feis Ile Bottlings by September 2019
In this article we want to have a look at the annual Feis Ile bottlings in detail. The most expensive releases traded for more than five thousand Euros. Bunnahabhain accounts for the highest number festival editions we track in our database.
It is at the end of May each year, when whisky and music enthusiast gather on Islay to celebrate their passion for peated single malt whiskies. And each year, the distilleries come up with new special editions to account for the occasion. By the time of writing these lines, we track 212 different Feis Ile releases in our database.
As apparent from the visualization above, Bunnahabhain and Bowmore issued the highest number of Feis Ile releases. Both distilleries dedicated almost 40 different whiskies to the festival. Laphroaig and Bruchladdich issued around 25 different bottlings each. Then follow the other active Islay distilleries which all released between 15 and 20 Feis Ile whiskies.
Around a quarter of all the Feis Ile bottlings we track has no age statement. We displayed those which state some information about the time of maturation above. Obviously, the bulk of whiskies is aged between ten to twenty years, with the majority being around 12 years old.
Feis Ile Market
In total we observed more then 16.000 trades for those 200 Feis Ile bottlings. In below chart we see the number of trades per month all the way back to early 2011. Like the overall whisky market, the number of traded festival bottlings is on a constant rise. While five years ago, we hardly ever observed more than 100 trades per month, we now witness high availability of those bottles on the market regularly. Since early 2018, the monthly turnaround was constantly above the 200 bottles threshold.
You may have noticed the sudden spikes in the number of exchanged bottles. They all fall in the month of June, so right after the event took place. Seems like a lot of festival visitors bring their bottles straight on auctions after they fetched them on site. In June 2018 we observed almost 700 trades of Feis Ile bottlings. This year, it were little less than 600 bottles that changed their owner right after the festival.
Outstanding Feis Ile Releases
We now want to point out some rather outstanding releases. To begin with, we take a look at the most expensive Feis Ile bottlings. By September 2019 the single most expensive trade we ever observed for an Feis Ile whisky was made for the Ardbeg Auriverdes Gold (Feis Ile 2014). It was in June 2017 when we saw one of these 4,5 liter bottles being sold for almost 5.300 Euros. Another very costly festival whisky is the Ardbeg Fino Cask (Feis Ile 2005). In the last eight years we witnessed 26 trades for this Ardbeg single cask edition. It was in February 2019 when the price went as high as 3.500 Euros, but it then soon dropped to 2.700 Euros per bottle again.
Next up we look out for the most traded releases. On top of this list we find the Lagavulin 16yo (Feis Ile 2017). Since June 2017 we observed no less than 688 bottles being traded on the auction platforms we track. Thereby the prices bounced back and forth between 140 and 180 Euros, although they just recently scratched the 200 Euro mark. For the second most traded release, the Ardbeg (Feis Ile 2012), we witnessed a more solid growth in value. The 679 observations saw the price tag rise from below 200 Euros to now more than 350 Euros, which equals a 90% increase in price over the past six years.
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