The Whiskystats Price Update for December 2016

14. January 2017 | 2K Views
Please note that this article is based on the old Whiskystats database.
Some numbers and figures may not match what you find in the Whiskystats 2.0 database.

The holidays are over so it is about time to bring us up-to-date with the latest movements of the secondary whisky market. To make things short, the latest auction results from December are thoroughly dominated by the Macallan distillery! 

Although the year of 2016 is history, we assign these latest price observation to December 2016 since most of the auction windows fell into the last month. With this latest database update 4.560 new price observations found their way to our whisky database. These prices affected 2.621 whiskies. The average price per bottle was 324 Euros which is about exactly what we got used to.
WWI by December 2016 Our Whiskystats Whisky Index finishes the year of 2016 at a new all-time peak of almost 306 index points. The 300 whiskies included in this index gained more than 4% in value over the last month only!
The Great Macallan Show
The Highland based distillery of Macallan accounted for 455 trades alone. Also the single most traded whisky comes from Macallan, the Macallan 18yo Sherry Oak. With 37 trades it tops the second placed Yamazaki 2016 Limited Edition as well as yet another Macallan, the Macallan 18yo Fine Oak.
Macallan 18yo Sherry Oak 2015 But it is not only the sheer number of trades which make this month so special for Macallan. A quick view at our distillery ranking reveals that Macallan broke through the japanese dominance and takes the overall third place leaving behind Yamazaki.
Macallan Index by December 2016 Our Macallan index, which tracks the value of the 100 most traded Macallan whiskies, now stands at 370 index points. Since September 2015, the value of these 100 Macallan single malts grew by more than 50%. In this month alone we observed more than 4% of growth.
Ardbeg´s Achievement
Ardbeg, which usually rivals Macallan for the crown of the most traded distillery of the month, experienced a 5% index growth in December 2016. The 100 most traded Ardbeg whiskies even broke through the threshold of 250 index points for the first time. The Ardbeg index now stands at 250,46 index point which is consequently its all-time peak.
Ardbeg Index by December 2016 But that’s not all. With this latest index growth, Ardbeg made its way to the Top-10 of our distillery ranking. And when we see a new member in the top spots of our ranking, there is, of course, also one distillery which had to leave this illustrious round. In this case it is the distillery of Laphroaig. The value of the 100 most traded Laphroaig whiskies stayed constant since August 2016, which is apparently not enough to retain a place within the Top-10 distilleries.
Comeback of the Month
This month´s comebacker really deserves its title. The Bruichladdich Single Cask MM 10014 bottled by Murray McDavid was first traded back in January 2006 which is no less than eleven years ago. Now, in December 2016, a second one of these bottles (or maybe even the same one) appeared on an auction again. The prices are by no means spectacular. Back in 2006 61 Euros were paid and the latest price observation was 73 Euros.
Newcomer of the Month
For 311 whiskies we observed their second price information with this latest update, so these whiskies were added to our database. Many of these newcomers are very interesting, but in the following we only want to pick out a few. There is, for example, the Bowmore 40yo (1970) Cask Strength Collection bottled by Signatory Vintage. Prices for this whisky climbed from 400 Euros back in March 2012 to 1.500 Euros. We observed a similar price development for the Balvenie 32 (1966) Vintage Cask 4288. In November 2010 600 Euros were paid for this whisky. Now the price tag is above 2.400 Euros.
Of course not all of the newcomer experienced such an increase in price. Prices for the Kilchoman 129.5 from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society dropped from 330 Euros to 180 Euros since January 2016. Similar is true for the Pulteney 24yo (1990) bottled by Cadenhead. In January 2016 380 Euros were paid. The latest price observation is a comparably humble 170 Euros.
As always, do not forget to check the latest value of your personal whisky collections.

Found in Shops:
Ardbeg Kelpie / Committee Release Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 51.7% - This is the limited edition Committee release of Ardbeg Kelpie, which was only available to Ardbeg Committee members when it was launched in 2017. A combination whiskies aged in virgin Black-Sea oak casks and bourbon barrels, this is rich and intense with notes of pepper, treacle toffee, Turkish coffee, dark chocolate and smoky bacon.
Fair Prized
399 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
400 GBP Estimated Market Value
Bruichladdich Organic 2010 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 50% / Distillery Bottling - Made exclusively with organic barley grown on Mid Coul Farms in Inverness, Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 is a fruity, sweet Islay whisky with an elegant island character. Aromas of melon, peach and apricot mingle with honey, lemon meringue pie, gorse, heather and tart gooseberries on the nose, atop a backdrop of rich malted barley. The palate initially offers notes of pear drops, vanilla fudge, chocolate and marzipan, before developing toasted rye bread, buttery popcorn, smooth caramel and toas
Fair Prized
70 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
65 GBP Estimated Market Value
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 50% / Distillery Bottling - An eight-year-old limited-edition Islay single malt from Bruichladdich, distilled in 2010 using a 2009 harvest of Bere barley grown throughout the Orkney Islands. On the nose aromas of cereal, malt and porridge are balanced by intense fruit, peaches in syrup, lemon meringue pie, oak, honey, vanilla, coffee and coconut. The palate offers notes of malted barley, honey, peaches, chocolate, cinder toffee and apricot jam.
Fair Prized
70 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
65 GBP Estimated Market Value