The Whiskystats Price Update for July 2019
Our Whiskystats Whisky Index reaches another all-time peak yet again. The Feis Ile 2019 releases are hitting the market while Speyside is closing the gap to Islay. Meanwhile, a Japanese blend is the most traded whisky of the month!
As WhiskyAuction.com is taking its traditional summer break, the ten thousand trades we observed this month solely come from the UK-based auctioneers. Around 5.400 different whiskies in our database experienced a price change. After a small setback in June, our major market index, the WWI, now gained 4% to stay at 217 index points. Following May 2019 and October 2018 this marks the next all-time peak of the WWI.
In our monthly price updates, we were able to witness how the most traded Islay bottlings gained strength over the last year or so. Especially from November 2018 to May 2019, when our respective region index climbed by almost 25%, these movements stood out as Islay overtook Speyside in our scotch region ranking. However, in July 2019, while our Islay index remained at around 242 index points, the 100 most traded Speyside releases gained more than 5%! This saw the gap between these two major scotch whisky regions shrink to as little as five points.
This, of course, is strongly dependent on the performance of Macallan. Unsurprisingly, the 100 most traded Macallan releases gained 6% in July. Together with Yoichi, this is the strongest performance among the Top 10 in our monthly updated distillery ranking. Other top-ranked distilleries which gained strongly this month are Hanyu, Bowmore, Aberlour and Springbank. In the deep reds are Port Ellen, Dalmore and Clynelish.
Feis Ile 2019
Each year, at the end of May, the Feis Ile festival takes place on Islay. For this occasion, all the distilleries issue special releases. Then, in the consecutive months, many of those whiskies find their way to the auction platforms we track. You find those bottlings if you search for “Feis Ile YYYY” in our database. For a whisky to be displayed in our database we always wait for it to be traded in two different round of auctions. So now, two rounds of auctions after the Feis Ile 2019 took place, the first bottles appear on Whiskystats.
By August 2019 we find eighteen different Feis Ile 2019 releases in our database. The most expensive one is the Bowmore 22yo (1997) Devils Cask 666. The two trades we observed in July averaged to 2019 Euros. The above displayed Lagavulin 19yo Cask Strength is one of the most traded Feis Ile 2019 releases so far. In the last two months, we observed no less than 83 bottles sold on auctions. With 103 price observations within two months, the Bowmore 15yo Bourbon Casks is the overall most traded release of this year’s Feis Ile. Prices average to around 120 Euros at the moment.
The most-traded whisky of July 2019 is the Hibiki 21yo Mount Fuji. The fifty trades we observed averaged to around 700 Euros. It was only a little more than a year ago, on April 2018, when this Japanese blend sold for 600 Euros and less on a regular basis. Then, all of a sudden, prices skyrocketed to 1000 Euros and above between May and September 2018. Now it seems like they levelled in at around 700 to 800 Euros.
Other heavily traded whiskies of July 2019 are the Yamazaki 18yo (49 trades), the Macallan Aera (46 trades) and the Clynelish Game of Thrones (46 trades). The top value gainer of July 2019 is the Glenmorangie 10yo (1991) Cask Strength release. The last time we saw this Highland whisky was in October 2016 when it sold for 150 Euros. Now, almost three years later, a bidder at ScotchWhiskyAuctions.com paid more than 1.200 Euros!
Also, keep in mind to recheck on the latest changes in the value of your personal whisky collections you track on Whiskystats!
|Found in Shops:|
|Macallan Boutique Collection / Taiwan Exclusive / 2017 Release Speyside Whisky|
|70cl / 56.8% / Distillery Bottling - A very special bottling of The Macallan, released originally for the distillery's boutique in Taiwan's Taoyuan international Airport in 2017. It's a combination of a select number of casks that were kept aside for visitors to Easter Elchies House, beside the distillery. It's a classic Macallan, with balanced spice and fruit, and a touch of charred oak on the finish. Very rare and a must for Macallan collectors.|
|399 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|410 GBP Estimated Market Value|
|Macallan Terra Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|70cl / 43.8% - A delicious single malt whisky from Macallanâ€™s Quest Collection, Terra is a complex whisky with a distinctive flavour of toffee, dried fruits and rich, woody spices. Aged exclusively in first-fill sherry casks, Terra has a golden amber colour, and aromas of dried fruits, citrusy lemon and toffee. The palate brings flavours of ripening apple and ginger, and finishes with sweet dried fruits and woody spices.|
|160 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|210 GBP Estimated Market Value|
|Bowmore 18 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|70cl / 43% / Distillery Bottling - A popular expression in Bowmore's ongoing range, this replaced the 17 year old, which was phased out a few years ago. Fresh, with notes of salty kippers and coal smoke.|
|80 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange|
|85 GBP Estimated Market Value|
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