Top 10 most investible Scotch brands of 2016

13th February, 2017 by Annie Hayes

As Scotch whisky’s value sales continue to soar, we round up the 10 distilleries that offered the best return on investment last year using RW101’s latest Investors’ Index.

We reveal the top 10 most investible Scotch brands of 2016

Last week rare whisky index, valuation and brokerage firm Rare Whisky 101 (RW101) revealed that Scotch whisky volume and value sales at auction reached record levels in 2016.

More than 58,758 bottles totalling £14.2 million went under the hammer – prompting leading Scotch whisky index the Rare Whisky Apex 1000 Index to close 38% up for the year, outperforming wine, gold and the FTSE 100.

RW101’s Investors’ Index launched in 2014, and tracks changes in the value of Scotch whisky brands to give investors unique insight into the market.

In 2015, the Index demonstrated that interest in silent distilleries dwindled in comparison to the previous year, when they made up seven of the 10 most investible Scotch whisky brands.

This year, RW101 notes that Speyside distilleries Glen Grant, Balvenie, Glenfarclas and GlenDronach saw “significant increases” with “massive market appetite” for the latter.
Glenfarclas, meanwhile, has been “buoyed by vastly underpriced ancient vintages” and is “starting to catch up” with other distilleries.

Islay distilleries Bowmore, Ardbeg and Lagavulin made “excellent progress” in 2016, driven by interest in “old aged spirit, single casks and older vintages”.

According to research by Lloyds Private Banking, one in six UK investors holds alternative investments in their portfolios, with 3% investing in whisky. On average, £27,700 is spent on whisky as a single “passion” investment.

“Most investors are not passionate about equities and bonds beyond their return but a study by Lloyds Private Banking has revealed that one in six UK investors holds a ‘hobby’ investment in their portfolios,” said Markus Stadlmann, CIO, Lloyds Private Banking.

“Investors are willing to part with large sums of money to invest in what they love. On average, £13,500 is spent on a single investment, and with one in ten spending more than £50,000 on an individual item.”

Click through the following pages to see which whiskies RW101 found to be the most investible in 2016.

2 Responses to “Top 10 most investible Scotch brands of 2016”

  1. SUDIPTA BOSE says:

    Please let me know your views about Lable 5 Blended and Glen Morey.

  2. bryan presland says:

    In 1981 a friend of mine gave me a bottle of Glendronach whisky. I still have the unopened bottle in prime condition.. I have heard the premium whiskys attract very collectors prices. Can you confirm that please and give me any idea of value. Thankyou.

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