Dram-atic gain: Scotch prices soar by 40pc

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The whisky in­vest­ment mar­ket has boomed over the past year, with the value of rare Scotch whiskies ris­ing by more than 40pc. The Rare Whisky Apex 1000 in­dex, which tracks the value of 1,000 of the most sought-af­ter bot­tles, rose by 42pc over the past 12 months to the end of July this year. Over five years the in­dex has risen by 195pc.

The av­er­age price per bot­tle at auc­tion in­creased from £218 in the first half of 2016 to £286 in the first half of this year, ac­cord­ing to whisky con­sul­tancy Rare Whisky 101.

The most ex­pen­sive in­di­vid­ual bot­tle to sell this year was a 50-yearold Ma­callan Lalique, which fetched £65,210. Ma­callan whiskies ac­count for around £300 of ev­ery £1,000 spent at auc­tion in Bri­tain.

How­ever, not all parts of the whisky mar­ket have risen. The Ja­panese Icon 100 in­dex, which in­cludes 100 bot­tles of col­lectible Ja­panese whisky, has fallen by 6pc since the start of the year. By com­par­i­son, the Scotch Icon 100 in­dex has risen by 8pc over the same pe­riod.

Not all Scotch is ap­pre­ci­at­ing in value. Rare Whisky 101’s Neg­a­tive 1000 in­dex, which tracks the value of the 1,000 worst per­form­ing bot­tles of sin­gle malt Scotch, has fallen by 4pc this year.

An in­dex that tracks whisky prices has risen by 42pc over the past year

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