Rare Whisky 101 charts the performance and values of top bottles over time
Prices have been rising at a record pace for the rare whiskey market of the last few years. One of my favorite places for information on the exciting and fast-changing market is Rare Whisky 101.
With the ever-changing and fast-paced sales of recent years, Rare Whisky 101 uses several indexes to gauge market performance. Indexes are updated monthly to reflect changes in the value of the most sought after bottles of single malt scotch.
Indexes include the Icon 100 Index, where 100 of the most iconic collectors’ bottles are tracked. The Vintage 50 Index charts the 50 oldest and most rare bottles where the Apex Indices track bottles moving up or down, showing which brands are appearing more or less frequently in each index.
There’s also a Japanese Icon 100 Index, which has growing popularity at auction houses and a Negative Index measuring the losses from the worst-performing bottles. I like the idea of the Negative Index, where the reality of collecting sets in showing not just the large gains but also declines of individual bottles.
Not only are specific bottles tracked in Indexes on the site but there’s also distillery specific indexes, collector specific indexes and distillery rankings.
Rare Whisky 101 features in-depth annual and half year reviews of the market in detailed reports which are available for free pdf download.
The Icon 100 performance is based on the top 100 bottles and is itemized with their distillery, bottler, vintage, age and ABV.
Rare Whisky 101 holds over 400,000 records of nearly 44,000 bottles of whiskey for analysis and insight. They also offer instant online valuations through their website and both bottle and barrel brokerage services by matching up buyers and sellers and negotiating sales.