The market for rare whisky has surged in the first six months of the year according to figures published today by Dunfermline-based whisky experts, Rare Whisky 101.
Rare Whisky 101’s 2017 half year report shows that both the volume and value of rare Scotch whisky sold at auction has increased by record amounts during the reporting period.
The value of collectable bottles of Single Malt Scotch whisky sold at auction in the UK rose 93.66% to an all-time half-year high of £11.176m, compared with £5.771m in 2016. The number of bottles of Single Malt Scotch whisky sold at auction in the UK increased by 47.25% to 39,061.
The increase in values is reflected in the average per-bottle price, which has risen to a new record of £286.13, up from H1 2016’s £217.56 and FY 2016’s £241.87.
The most expensive bottle of Scotch sold during the period was a 50-year-old Macallan in Lalique, which fetched £65,210 (up from the previous best of £17,000 in 2015).
The Macallan’s secondary market dominance extends, accounting for almost £300 out of every £1,000 spent at auction in the UK. The brand now has a 12.71% volume share of all bottles sold and a staggering 28.9% share of the value.
Whisky investment analyst and co-founder of Rare Whisky 101, Andy Simpson commented: “Never has the secondary market for rare whisky been so strong, and we expect the value of Scotch sold at auction in the UK to break £20m this year for the first time ever.
“At a brand level, individual producers are continually pushing the prices of their premium aged stock. Couple this primary market price inflation with increased global demand and declining stocks of discontinued bottles, and we still look to be in the ‘perfect storm’ for the right bottles to continue to appreciating in value.
“Of course, as with any investment asset experiencing such a run, it all could come to an end. But right now, the right bottles of Scotch seem to be in ever increasing demand. With so little significantly aged stock still maturing in the cask, it’s unlikely we’ll see prices easing for rarities in the short to medium term.
“For now, we remain optimistic about Scotch’s burgeoning credentials as an alternative investment… but only, as we always say, for the right bottles.”