The Whiskystats Price Update for November 2020
Dalmore climbs up the ladder of our distillery ranking, while our Fabulous Fifty collection index reaches 400 points again. Meanwhile, we observed a lot of ridiculously high prices for some low profile bottles. Here is our Price Update for November 2020!
At the moment we are updating our database once a month. The timing is mainly defined by the two major UK auctions (SWA and WAE) which usually take place on the first weekend of the month. Although the two other auctioneers (WA and W.A) run a monthly schedule too, they slowly change their rhythm. To account for this, we assigned the “2020-11” and the “2020-12” WA auctions as well as the “November 2020” and the “December 2020” W.A auctions to our November round of auctions.
Note that we internally track the exact day on which the auction was held. We do have plans to switch to a “to the day” assignment scheme next year, which gives you the possibility to identify the very day on which each bottle was sold. But for the time being, the November 2020 round of auctions was a rather big one. We added more than 25 thousand new price observations to our database, which affected almost 12 thousand different bottles of whisky.
Our major market index, the WWI, continues to stabilize at a level of 230 index points. After the setback in the second half of 2019, the WWI recovered quickly in early 2020 and reached the new all-time top at 230 index points in May. Our Fabulous Fifty collection gained 1,7% in value this month which brings it back to above 400 index points. Until now, this height was observed only once back in July 2019. These fifty hand-selected bottles are now worth 127.000 Euros again.
A look at our distillery ranking unveils that Dalmore showed the best performance among our top-ranked distilleries. The 100 most traded releases of this Highland distillery gained more than 6% in value. This pushed Dalmore two places up to the eighth place in our ranking, leaving Yoichi and Port Ellen behind. On the downside, the 100 most traded releases from Glendronach lost more than 5%. However, this comes after our Glendronach index gained more than 25% over the past twelve months.
For the remarkable trades of this round of auctions, we want to focus on some price observations that could very well be classified as “outliers” too. All of these are fairly regular traded whiskies, for which suddenly prices jumped up significantly this month. Take the Tomatin Decades as an example. In 2019, this whisky sold for around 100 Euros on a regular basis. Then prices climbed step by step until they reached 200 Euros. And now, at WAE, more than 800 Euros were paid. Actually, a similar thing happened back in October 2019, so we should expect prices to fall back to below 200 Euros again.
But there are more examples for ridiculous price observations in November 2020. The Arran Explorers Series (Kildonan & Pladda Island) fetched 730 Euros on SWA as compared to the 170 Euros paid on WAE. The Compass Box Peat Monster (White Label) sold for 60 Euros on WA and for 280 Euros at SWA. And then there is the Glenrothes 19yo (1999) Single Cask 8190. Only in September 2020 this Speyside whisky traded for 150 Euros. Now, two months later, we observed more than 1.100 Euros being paid for one of these 274 bottles.
As always, remember to recheck on the latest changes in the value of your personal collections.