The Whiskystats Price Update for May 2020

15. June 2020 | 1.6K Views

The whisky auction market is back on track. We now added all historic prices from Whisky.Auction while the Macallan Archival Series Folio 5 and the Ardbeg Blaaack dominate the market in terms of traded bottles. 

In May 2020 we collected almost 14 thousand price observations from all the four different online auctioneers we currently track. So are back from their Corona-lockdown and fixed their technical problems. In addition, we now processed all the past auction results from Whisky.Auction. We now count 750 thousand prices of 70 thousand whiskies in our database.
The latest round of auctions brought a price update for 7,5 thousand different whiskies. Surprisingly Buffalo Trace is the second most traded distillery of the month, of course behind Macallan. With 79 trades the Macallan Archival Series Folio 5 is the most traded whisky. With a total of 69 price observation the Ardbeg Blaaack follows on the second place.

Ardbeg Blaaack

The Ardbeg Blaaack is the most recent installment of the Ardbeg Committee releases and thereby celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Committee. The black sheep on the label serves as a reminiscence to the many sheeps living on Islay and the Pinot Noir casks used for maturation. Other than that, the distillery leaves us in the black when it comes to further details about age or maturation.
Ardbeg Blaaack As always there will be a higher volume Committee version and a lower volume standard version of the Blaaack. The Ardbeg Blaaack (Committee Reserve) was traded on auctions for the first time in March 2020. Back then prices varied between 250 and 300 Euros and averaged to about 260 Euros per bottle. The 69 price observation in May averaged to 250 Euros, so we do not see any significant price movements yet. A similar pattern can be observed for last year’s Ardbeg Drum (Committee Reserve). The Drum currently trades for 180 Euros.


As announced in the April 2020 price update, we started to track the prices on Whisky.Auction too. With this month’s update we now added all the historic auction results to our database. Compared to the other auctioneers on our watchlist, Whisky.Auction is a rather small auction platform. Also, they include a lot of other spirits as well as wine and champagne. We of course focus on the whisky lots.
Whisky.Auction stats In total we added more than 31 thousand price observations. As we can see above, the number of traded whisky bottles per month is growing. At the same time, the mean and median price paid per bottle seems fairly constant. Nevertheless, we found the data from Whisky.Auction to fill the one or the other price gap for quite some of the bottles in our database. Also the data provided some helpful information on the rough release decade for some of the older bottlings.
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Found in Shops:
Ardbeg 1990 / Airigh Nam Beist / Bot.2008 Islay Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - Airigh Nam Beist 1990 is a delicious vintage bottling from the ongoing success story that is Ardbeg. Sadly now discontinued due to exhausted stocks, 'the Beist' was an extremely popular Ardbeg, with assertive and powerful peatiness and a lovely honeyed edge. Oh, and it's pronounced 'Arry nam Baysht'.
Fair Priced
375 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
355 GBP Estimated Market Value
Ardbeg 1998 / Renaissance Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 55.9% / Distillery Bottling - Renaissance is the final instalment in a quartet of whiskies bottled to mark Ardbeg’s resurrection and subsequent return to form after being purchased and re-opened in 1997, following a six-year hibernation. The first ten-year-old bottling of the distillery’s ‘new’ spirit, this is as potent an expression of Ardbeg whisky as you’re likely to find – a must for collectors and connoisseurs.
250 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
310 GBP Estimated Market Value
Ardbeg Drum / Ardbeg Day 2019 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - This limited-edition single malt from Ardbeg distillery – Drum – was released for Ardbeg Day, during Feis Ile 2019. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and rested in ex-rum casks, this is a funky, flamboyant whisky. The nose is full of ripe banana, pineapple, cocoa and woodsmoke aromas, with hints of fresh ginger, cinnamon and lavender developing slowly. The palate offers notes of black pepper, ginger, clove and liquorice, alongside dark chocolate, rich smoke and vanilla. An intensely smoky, fruity dram
Fair Priced
175 GBP Shop Price at The Whisky Exchange
160 GBP Estimated Market Value

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