Over the last decade whisky as an alternative investment asset has sustained exceptional growth that has been reaching in some cases, several hundreds of percentage increases on annual return.
The phenomenal increase in the price of some limited edition whisky bottles and casks was powered by the development of online whisky auctions that can reach a world audience of whisky collectors and investors. U.K, based online whisky auctions have seen their revenue and numbers of bottles listed dramatically increased. During the last few years collectable whisky bottle prices have doubled or tripled in a 12 month period.
In 2018 a pair of Limited Edition 60 year old Macallan 1926 with illustrated labels by Sir Blake and Valerio Adami were sold for $1.2million which is indeed a world record price for bottled whisky,” the sky is the limit” for collectable single malt.
At the same time Macallan Limited edition bottles experienced 100% to 250% increase in their prices over the last 12 months alone. The same applies for many other Scottish, Japanese and Bourbon whiskies. Having said that, hundreds of whisky bottles -as a matter of fact- experience very limited increase in price if any, over very long periods.