The Whiskystats Price Update for June 2020

13. July 2020 | 2.7K Views | 8 Comments

Port Ellen attempts the comeback, a Daftmill single cask reaches new heights and we compare the historic performance of the major independent bottlers. Here is the Price Update for June 2020! 

We observed more than thirteen-thousand bottles of whisky changing their owner in June 2020 as the market continues to normalize after the turbulent spring months. Among these observations we find the Ardbeg Blaaack (Feis Ile 2020) release which now arrived at auctions as its Committee Reserve sibling did back in March. The 67 trades make it the most traded whisky of the month. The prices varied between 150 and 196 Euros and averaged to around 166 Euros per bottle.
The overall market moved sideways in June, as indicated by our Whiskystats Whisky Index (WWI). According to the WWI the historically 500 most traded whiskies lost 0,41% in value. Similar is true for our hand selected Fab50 collection. These fifty bottles lost 1,36% and now sum-up to a total worth of 122.000 Euros. This is still the same price level as back in August 2018.

Port Ellen Comeback?

There is no question that Port Ellen belongs to the most iconic collectable whisky brands. But since early 2018 we observed stagnant prices and from April to December 2019 prices for Port Ellen even decreased significantly. Over this eight months the overall price level of Port Ellen gave way by more than 18%, as indicated by our index. This had the effect that the distillery even dropped out of the top-ten in our distillery ranking.
Port Ellen Index by June 2020 But we now see signs of a change. In January and February 2020 the value of the most traded Port Ellens increased by 8% again. After a small setback in March this trend continued from April through June. In the latest round of auctions the historically most traded Port Ellen releases gained 4,5% once more. So maybe last year’s setback was only due to Diageo’s announcement to revive this silent Islay distillery. After all, the announcement and the start of the eight-month index decrease coincidently fall into the same time.

Major Bottlers

About three quarters of the bottles traded on auctions are Original Bottlings, i.e. whiskies released by the respective distillery itself. Among the most traded Independent Bottlers of June 2020 we find the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Gordon & MacPhail, Signatory Vintage and Cadenhead. For all of these bottlers we calculate a Bottler Index. For each month, these indices represent the change in value of the most traded releases of each bottler.
Major Bottler Indices June 2020 When we compare these indices directly, we find some interesting patterns. It looks like the most traded releases from Signatory Vintage are on-par with the Original Bottlings. Both indices currently stand way beyond the 200 points threshold. Then we see Gordon & MacPhail and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at the same level at around 180 index points. Far behind there is Cadenhead which index does not show any gains in the last four years.

Remarkable Trades

As always we also want to point out some single bottles which experienced remarkable price observations. Among this month’s highest value gainers we find the Daftmill Single Bourbon Cask 021/2006. Released in 2019, secondary market prices for this Lowland single malt lay at around 500 Euros until March 2020. Now, at, two of the 234 bottles sold for almost 1.900 Euros!
Daftmill 2006/021 The overall highest value gainer of June 2020 is the Caol Ila 53.11 issued by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Last seen on auctions back in June 2012 when it achieved 100 Euros, the now 800 Euros at Whisky.Auction equal an almost 700% increase in price over the past eight years. Funny enough, at the same time the Caol Ila 53.284 (Feis Ile 2019) also from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the value-loser of this month. 420 Euros in February and 116 Euros now equal a 72% loss within five months.
Do not forget to recheck on the latest movements of your personal whisky collections!

Found in Shops:
Caol Ila 2007 / 13 Year Old / Connoisseurs Choice Islay Whisky
70cl / 45% / Gordon & MacPhail - A 2007 Caol Ila single malt from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, finished in an ex-Hermitage wine cask and bottled in April 2021, at 13-years-old, as part of its Connoisseurs Choice series. Aromas of fruitcake, cherries and sweet smoke fill the nose, complemented by notes of smoked meats, summer berries, toasted almonds and bonfire embers throughout the palate.
Fair Priced
96 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
95 GBP Estimated Market Value
Caol Ila 2001 / 19 Year Old / Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange Islay Whisky
70cl / 57.6% / Gordon & MacPhail - A 2001 Caol Ila single malt from indie bottler Gordon & MacPhail, matured in a single first-fill bourbon barrel for 19 years, before being bottled in March 2021 exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. Aromas of honey-glazed ham, aniseed and poached pears fill the nose, complemented by notes of black pepper, green apples and smoking bonfire embers throughout the palate.
Slightly Underpriced
175 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
205 GBP Estimated Market Value
Caol Ila 2000 / 15 Year Old Unpeated / Special Releases 2016 Islay Whisky
70cl / 61.5% / Distillery Bottling - The Diageo Special Releases 2016 edition of unpeated Caol Ila, yet again shot through with a hint of smoke. It's a mixture of American- and European-oak-matured whisky, adding some richness to Caol Ila's nutty unpeated spirit.
Slightly Underpriced
90 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
105 GBP Estimated Market Value


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