Monthly Whisky Market Watch by Jamie Timoney – March 9, 2018
As 2018 is now fully under way, we can see that while the UK secondary market was previously dominated and driven by Macallan, there has been a shift in the scales where we can now see other collections advancing. As January witnessed the record-breaking price recorded for the Macallan, Easter Elchies Cask Selection 2009 edition, this inflated the % growth for that indices in January. With the latest February figures showing more reasonable prices being reached, this would suggest a more stable outlook is on the horizon for the Apex indices. This is born out of the +0.24% increase of the Benchmark Apex 1000 index.
It’s good to see that some of the lower ranking performers in January are showing better results as the year progresses with the Flora & Fauna Index showing an increase of +2.58% and the Macallan 25 year Index increasing by +0.95% against last month.
The Karuizawa Index is showing little in the way on progression and has fallen by -2.07% against last month. While combining the Icon 100 (Japanese) and Karuizawa, we can see there has been a dip in results, but early sales figures for March would suggest that changes may be coming.
So far, we can see that 2018, while an assorted assembly of statistics, is already showing a promising outlook with the figures rising convincingly for the right bottles. This continues to follow the annual trend, with a slower start to the year through the quieter months then picking up momentum, not only in volume but in values as well.
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