MARKET ANALYSIS

The Most Collected Whiskies

27. March 2020 | 5.3K Views

In this article we count down the ten most collected whiskies on Whiskystats. You won’t believe which releases made it to the top! Or maybe you do, because some of them are quite obvious. 

Everybody loves top ten countdowns and catchy headlines, so it is about time Whiskystats jumps on that train too. We here simply take a look at what bottles the Whiskystats users put into their collections the most. Unsurprisingly, all of these releases also belong to the most traded whiskies on the secondary market.
 
The below price charts are also a great display of how inefficient the auction market can be. This means, that we observe significant differences in prices across the several platforms we track, even for this regularly traded and widely collected releases. On the other side, this inefficiency is of course also a great opportunity for the informed market participant!

Place 9 & 10: Glendronach

The tenth most collected whisky among the more than 66 thousand entries in our database is the Glendronach 15yo Revival (Old Style). Old Style here means the pre-2015 edition, which was matured in oloroso sherry casks only. Once available for less than 40 Euros, the Revival saw prices climbing to more than 200 Euros by mid 2018. That price increase stopped though. Currently, it seems like nobody is really sure what the price for this whisky should be. Prices bounce back and forth between 100 and 150 Euros.
Glendronach 15yo Also from Glendronach comes the ninth most collected whisky on our platform, the Glendronach 21yo Parliament. Ever since this Highland single malt appeared on auctions for the first time in 2013, prices only increased modestly. The latest auction results from February 2020 all lie in the range of 120 to 160 Euros.

Place 6 to 8: Islay South Coast

The first Ardbeg on our list comes in at place eight. The Ardbeg Dark Cove (Committee Release) just recently jumped above 300 Euros per bottle. In the February round of auctions prices ranged from 230 to 350 Euros. This difference equals roughly a third of the price, so there is huge potential to save money when going for this 2016 Ardbeg release.
 
Similar is true for the below displayed Laphroaig 18yo. Most of the trades we observed over the last year lie between 100 and 150 Euros. But on some occasions, the winning bids clearly exceeded the 150 Euros and even the 200 Euro threshold. These trades probably come in favor of the many collectors as this Laphroaig takes place seven on our most collected list.
Laphroaig 18yo This trio from the south coast of Islay is rounded off by the Ardbeg Galileo. Current prices for the sixth most collected whisky come in at around 200 Euros. Thereby the price range is not as extreme as we have seen above. The latest trades varied between 180 and 230 Euros, although we have seen single months were the price tag went as high as 250 Euros on average.

Place 4 & 5: Yamazaki

We now detour away from Scotland to find two Japanese releases within the Top 5 most collected whiskies. Among this list the Yamazaki 18yo has by far the most impressive price history. From 2011 all the way to 2014 this single malt was available for around 100 Euros. Then the Japanese Whisky Boom set in and prices quickly climbed to 400 Euros. At this level they remained until early 2018. Then, within a year, we saw another 50% increase and nowadays you probably need to pay around 600 Euros for one of the remaining bottles.
Yamazaki 18yo Not quite as impressive, but still gaining value is the Yamazaki 12yo. The overall fourth most collected whisky currently fetches 140 Euros on auctions. In late 2018, this now discontinued Yamazaki release reached almost 200 Euros in several rounds of auctions. By the way, even last month, in February 2020, some single lots went as high as 200 Euros.

Place 3: Ardbeg Auriverdes

We now enter the podium of our ranking. The overall third most collected whisky on the market is the Ardbeg Auriverdes. Apart from the initial spike, which we observe for many anticipated releases, prices for this Ardbeg never really moved much. Over the last four years, the Auriverdes was constantly available for around 100 Euros on auctions.
Ardbeg Auriverdes We see many prices go as low as 80 Euros on a regular basis, which makes the occasional bids for 130 or above even more questionable. Clearly, a little patience and a Whiskystats membership could have saved some money there. By the way, the Auriverdes Gold Edition is currently trading for around 1.300 Euros.

Place 2: Ardbeg Perpetuum

Quite fittingly, the silver medal of our ranking is going to the silver labeled Ardbeg Perpetuum. Again we see the typical spike of prices right after the release. Our best guess is that there are some people, with deep enough pockets, which just cannot wait to get their hands on these new releases, no matter what the price is. Also for the Perpetuum prices never really moved much once they settled in at a level of around 100 Euros, except for the last two months. Here we saw a little upward movement and it remains to be shown if this is substantial or just a temporary deviation.
Ardbeg Perpetuum About the same is true for the Ardbeg Perpetuum (Distillery Release). After the initial spike, prices quickly dropped to around 100 to 150 Euros and remained there ever since. The latest results range between 160 and 190 Euros across all platforms. So it seems like the market’s oppinion about this 2015 release is quite uniformly.

Place 1: Lagavulin 8yo 200th Anniversary

And then we come to the single most collected whisky on Whiskystats. Yet again it is a single malt from the South coast of the Isle of Islay. The Lagavulin 8yo 200th Anniversary release experienced a similar price history like the above Ardbegs. Shortly after the release, prices went far and beyond when considering the official retail price. But soon the bids dropped to a more reasonable range and did not move away from there ever since. We are currently standing at around 50 Euros, and it seems like prices won’t leave that level anytime soon.
Lagavulin 8yo For everyone who is following the secondary market, it is probably of no surprise that the Isle of Islay is dominating this list. Six out of the ten most collected whiskies come from an Islay distillery and three from Ardbeg. So from a collectors point of view it seems like Ardbeg relates to Islay like Islay relates to the overall market, a true collectors favorite.

Found in Shops:
Ardbeg 1998 / Still Young Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 56.2% / Distillery Bottling - The second release in Ardbeg's journey to the new 10yo, Still Young was released in 2006 and continued the successful 'path to peaty maturity' as the marketing types called it. A refreshing dram with great intensity.
Fair Prized
275 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
295 GBP Estimated Market Value
Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival / Sherry Cask Highland Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - The revived Glendronach Revival: a whisky whose original incarnation was so popular that we drank all of it. It's back with a new recipe thanks to master blender Rachel Barrie, combining both oloroso and PX casks into a rich sherry-monster that's packed with spice and fruit. We don't think it's going to disappear of the shelves again, but when it comes to Glendronach 15 Year Old, we always recommend stocking up.
Fair Prized
64 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
70 GBP Estimated Market Value
Laphroaig 10 Year Old / Cask Strength / Batch 012 / Bot.2020 Islay Whisky
70cl / 60.1% / Distillery Bottling - A smoky, complex bourbon barrel matured whisky from Laphroaig, this is the 12th edition of the Islay distillery's ever-popular Cask Strength 10 Year Old single malt. Bottled in February 2020, aromas of sweet biscuits, smoked cedar and Manuka honey mingle with pipe tobacco, old leather, candle wax and hints on vanilla on the nose. The palate offers notes of burnt oak, barbecued marshmallow, toffee, sea salt and Belgian caramel waffles, as well as roasted coffee beans, sticky toffee pudding and w
Slightly Underprized
74 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
85 GBP Estimated Market Value