Part of the continued broadening of the secondary market involves a larger range of whiskies active on the exchange. There is no surprise here, as a wee dram pairs excellently with the end of a long day’s work, particularly as the nights draw in. George Bernard Shaw suggested “whisky is liquid sunshine.” Johnny Carson believed “happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.”
In 2020, trades for whisky have more than doubled over 2019 with a corresponding rise in the number of buyers, which has reached an all-time high for the year to date.
Scotland is where the focus is – there are 25 active markets, with 21 offers awaiting a bid and three bids awaiting an offer. Glenfarclas is the most active brand, with trades shared among the 25, 30, and 40 year Highland Single Malts.
Japan is a far smaller market but quietly growing. There are two offers of Matsui Shuzo and a bid for Liv-ex’s 2019 best-selling Japanese whisky, Hibiki (Suntory), Blended, NV.
If something botanical is more to your taste, there are 50 cases of Hendricks Gin LIVE at £110 per 6x70cl.
The spirits market on Liv-ex is young, but ever increasing. If there is a desired spirit not listed on the exchange or you are interested in examining the market further, please let me know.