Whisky Outranks Gold with Robust IGS Market


The Dalmore Trinitas 64

Whisky collectors will surely toast to the announcement by whisky valuation experts, Whisky Highland, that the market for Investment Grade Scotch (IGS) is continuing to outperform other alternative investments and commodities.

Four year figures, from 2008 to the end of 2011, revealed that an investment in the top ten performing whiskies would have achieved a gain of more than 400%. An investment in the top 100 would have returned a 245% gain, whilst the top 250 would have returned 180%.

By comparison, gold, which has experienced a renaissance in recent years, has risen 146% over the same period, and diamonds by just 10%. Compared to the gains accrued by some other stocks and commodities, the returns from whisky begin to look very attractive.

Auction-wise, a total of 8,500 rare bottles were last year sold, compared to 1,500 four years ago. The value of that auction market reached £4M in 2011 and is expected to rise to £17M by 2020.

Global investor and collector bottle retail sales confirm that the retail sector is also booming, with bottle sales thought to total 85,000 per year worth around £44 million. Last year, for instance, a bottle of The Dalmore 62 was sold at Singapore's Changi Airport for a world record £125,000.

Commenting on the latest market data, Andy Simpson, founder of Whisky Highland said: “Over the last twelve months, the market for whisky investment has begun to catch the eye of the investment community."

"I’m confident that it won’t be long before whisky is viewed in the same light as art, wine or classic cars, offering a genuine and creditable alternative to these more established asset classes.” 

Whisky Highland

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