The Whiskystats Price Update for February 2016

12. March 2016 | 5.4K Views
Please note that this article is based on the old Whiskystats database.
Some numbers and figures may not match what you find in the Whiskystats 2.0 database.

We added the latest auction results to our database. To keep an overview on what happened, we summarize the most outstanding market movements of each month. Hence, this is the whiskystats price update for February 2016. 

In the last month, we observed 3541 trades of collectable scotch and japanese whisky. These price observations belong to 2118 different whiskies in our database. The average price per bottle was 284 Euros, which is the lowest value since November 2014. At the same time, our whiskystats whisky index reached a new high with 270.64 points. This means that the 300 most traded whiskies are as valuable as they have never been before. In combination with the low average price, we conclude that in the last month´s auctions less of the ultra expensive whiskies were sold but that the highly traded whiskies continued to gain value.
The Most Traded
If you follow our monthly summaries, you probably guessed that Ardbeg is again the most traded distillery. Although in this month, Macallan is with 264 trades only one bottle behind Ardbeg. When looking at the whisky regions, we see Speyside to take the first place with 1119 traded bottles. The least traded region is again Lowlands with only 95 price observations. The most traded independent bottler of the latest auctions is the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (131), leaving behind Gordon & MacPhail (84), Signatory Vintage (81) and Cadenhead (46). If we move our attention to the single bottles, we see that the Yamazaki Limited Edition 2015 is with 40 trades by far the most traded whisky of the month. Since this bottling first appeared on the secondary market in July 2015, prices seem to decrease with the latest observations ranging from 176 to 207 Euros. Similar holds for the second most traded bottle, the Macallan 18yo (1997). Meanwhile, the Ardbeg Perpetuum Bicentenary Release, which was the most traded bottles of the last months, continued to lose value. The latest prices were all below 200 Euros, which is less than half of the price that was paid one year ago.
Comeback of the Month
The comeback of this month is quite an unspectacular one. The Bowmore 11yo (1992) bottled by Dun Eideann was last seen on auctions back in November 2005. Therefore, it was among the first bottles for which we ever observed prices for. The respective price observations was 66 Euros back then. More than ten years later, this bottle came up on auction again and was now sold for 120 Euros. Looks like most of the overall 317 bottles have already been drunk.
Newcomer of the Month
As every month, we also added some new whiskies to our database. There are 248 new whiskies now. We here want to point out those which experienced the most remarkable price changes. First, there is the Pittyvaich 29yo (1976) Cask Strength Collection. The first price comes from September 2010 with 101 Euros. The 417 Euros paid now make it the highest value gainer among our newcomers. On the other side of this list is the Hakushu WSO-008 2015 Release. In November 2015, 190 Euros have been paid for this bottling. In this month, we observed four prices which vary from 62 to 77 Euros.
Value Gainer
Like in December 2015, the top three value gainers of this month all belong to the Hanyu Playing Cards series. This time, the Jack of Spades, Five of Diamonds and Seven of Spades made it on auction. Prices for these bottles literally exploded and lead to lunatic price changes of up to 1089% (!!!) over a four-year period. The fourth place of this list is taken by the Glendullan 12yo Flora & Fauna. And yes, we checked it once, twice and even a third time. Based on the assumption that the auction result from lot HM280 of the latest auction is correct, the paid price for this bottle went up by 442% within a single month. We wonder what the reason for this bid was.
Distillery Movements
The only change in positions within the top ten of our distillery ranking was that Rosebank overtook Yoichi and is now on place eight. Dalwhinnie climbed by eleven places, which make it the whiskystats distillery of the month. The 64 bottles that form our Dalmore index lost 13,5% percent in value, which caused the distillery to fall 29 places in our ranking. This is caused by observations like the 150 Euros for the Dalmore (1995) Distillery Manager´s Exclusive. Since the last price from November 2015 was quite an outlier with 358 Euros, this single bottle lost 58% in value over three months.
As always, this round-up of the latest auction results showed us some quite interesting market movements. This motivates some more, in-depth analysis which we will publish in the upcoming weeks. If you have any suggestions or are interested in the one or another specific topic, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We can either take on that topic or supply you with the appropriate data!