The RW101 Rare Whisky Indices


Rare Whisky 101 are in the unique position to be able to provide industry leading insight and intelligence to whisky connoisseurs, collectors and investors. Our extensive database has been evolved for more than ten years and contains factual, accurate open market values for the sale of {{numberOfSales}} bottles of Single Malt Scotch covering {{numberOfBottles}} different bottlings.

This unique database allows us to index bespoke collections of bottles and chart their value performance over time. Indices, or indexes as they are also known, are assets which are grouped together; either representing a specific sector of a market or a market in its entirety. For example, a stock market index’s overall level is calculated by taking into account the current prices of all the different assets within the index; this means that shifts in individual stock prices lead to the index rising or falling in value. At RW101 we do exactly the same for bottles of whisky in a range of different indices.

As the collectors market evolves and certain pockets of stock become more (or less) desirable we will publish new indices to provide increased visibility into the value of Rare Whisky.


Market Performance Indices

Our broadest measurement of the Rare Whisky market is the Apex 1000 Index which tracks the best performing 1000 bottles of Rare Whisky.

Icon 100 Index

This index includes 100 iconic collectors' bottles. They are highly sought after and regularly traded at auction in the UK but do not necessarily always go up in value.

Japanese Icon 100 Index

This index includes 100 iconic collectors’ bottles from Japan. Now becoming ever more desirable we are seeing more and more appear in UK auctions.

RW Apex Indices

The bottles in the index change regularly as certain bottles move up in value or conversely move down. These indices also allow us to monitor which brands are appearing more/less frequently in each index.

RW Negative Indices

The negative indices measure the losses attained from the worst performing bottles. While certain bottles of Single Malt Scotch Whisky are appreciating in value rapidly, others are declining.

Vintage 50 Index

The Rare Whisky Vintage 50 Index charts the performance of 50 of the oldest, rarest bottles of Single Malt Scotch Whisky ever released.


Distillery Specific Indices

Brora Index

The RWB (Rare Whisky Brora) Index includes official releases up to and including 2012.

Karuizawa Index

The RWK (Rare Whisky Karuizawa) Index tracks the performance of a select collection of bottles from this silent Japanese distillery.

Macallan Indices

The Macallan, The Malt – and exceptionally true when you consider the 18 year old and 25 year old vintages.

Port Ellen Index

The RWPE (Rare Whisky Port Ellen) Index contains all official releases from this collectible Islay icon up to and including the twelfth release.


Collector Specific Indices

Balvenie Tun 1401 Index

Balvenie’s now discontinued Tun 1401 series has become a collectors favourite. The index starts in January 2014 and covers all nine releases.

Black Bowmore Index

The oldest Islay single malt helped start the whisky collecting craze with the iconic Black Bowmore's.

Flora & Fauna Index

A Diageo range where they showcased the “house style” from each and every distillery they owned.

Rare Malts Index

The 'Rare Malts Selection' series of bottles was first released in 1995 by the then DCL (Distillers Company Ltd) which subsequently became part of Diageo.


Distillery Rankings

Whisky Collectors index

The Rare Whisky 101 collectors index shows the most heavily traded distilleries from both a volume and a value perspective.

Whisky Investors Index

The Rare Whisky 101 Investors index shows the distilleries which are performing the best as an investment.



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