The Whiskystats Price Update for December 2016
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.