The Whiskystats Price Update for January 2020

14. February 2020 | 2.3K Views

Hanyu and Karuizawa swap places, again. Our Islay index gained strongly while Speyside keeps struggling and some old Springbanks reappeared on the market. Here is our first Price Update of the decade! 

Note that we assigned both the 2020-01 (held in January) and the 2020-02 (held last weekend) auctions to January 2020. With this the upcoming rounds align with those from the U.K. auctioneers. In total, we observed almost 15 thousand trades last month. More than 8 thousand different bottles were affected by a price change.
WWI by January 2020 The 500 historically most traded whiskies gained 2,8% in value last month, which is depicted by the Whiskystats Whisky Index. This is the first upward movement we witness since July 2019. The index thereby jumped above the 200 points again, which it did for the first time in July 2018. Since then, the WWI seems to be caught in a side ward movement.

Islay Comeback

In the six months between November 2018 and May 2019, our Islay index gained an astonishing 25%. In May 2019 alone, the value of the 100 most traded Islay bottlings increased by 6%. However, in the seven months that followed, our Islay index lost more than 21% again. In December 2019 the index was below its November 2018 value. And now, in January 2020, we see that the index jumped up by 8% again, so what happened?
Major Islay Indices Above we compared the Islay index to the top three Islay distilleries, according to our distillery ranking. We notice that all three distilleries experienced the same upward movement in January. Bowmore and Ardbeg both gained more than 1%, while Port Ellen even made 3,6% last month. The Bowmore Voyage was one of those whiskies which drove the Bowmore index this month. It now traded for more than 500 Euros for the first time. The volatile Ardbeg Serendipity jumped up again as it sold for 231 Euros. The Port Ellen 20yo (1978) Rare Malts also recovered. In October and November last year this whisky traded for around 800 Euros. It now changed ownership for more than 1.100 Euros.

Springbank Comebacks

When we looked for some remarkable trades this month, we stumbled upon a bunch of Springbank releases. Some of them haven’t been seen on auctions for a long time. There is, for example, the Springbank 10yo (1972) from Cask 206. This 1982 release always belonged to the more expensive bottles available. Back in 2013 and 2014 it sold for 700 and 900 Euros, respectively. Then it disappeared from the auction platforms we track for almost six years. However, it was now sold for almost 5.700 Euros on This equals a rough 540% increase in value over the five and a half years.
Springbank Cask 206 But that is not the only Springbank to celebrate a comeback this month. The Springbank 33yo (1966) from Cask 508 disappeared from auctions for six and half years. It now sold for almost 4,700 Euros. Even more time passed since we have seen the Springbank 31yo (1967) from independent bottler Alte Tabakstube. This Campbeltown single malt sold for 460 Euros back in March 2011. It now fetched more than 2.200 Euros at
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Found in Shops:
Ardbeg Perpetuum / Ardbeg Day 2015 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 47.4% / Distillery Bottling - Released during Feis Ile 2015 to celebrate Ardbeg's 200th anniversary, this is a blend of old and young whisky, matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, delivering the classic Ardbeg note of cured meats, smoke and sea spray.
185 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
240 GBP Estimated Market Value
Springbank 1993 / 22 Year Old / The Bottlers Campbeltown Whisky
70cl / 51.9% / The Bottlers - This 22-year-old single cask Springbank was distilled in March 1993 and left to age in a single refill sherry hogshead. Bottled in September 2015 by The Bottlers, this is a buttery, malty whisky with notes of chocolate biscuits and earthy peat throughout the palate.
Fair Prized
350 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
340 GBP Estimated Market Value
Springbank 18 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - The hugely popular Springbank 18 year old. The first edition of this was extremely popular, with more than a hint of sherry among the Springbank brine and smoke, and this version has already been named as Best Campbeltown Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2014.
Heavily Underprized
100 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
140 GBP Estimated Market Value