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Chinese Man Paid 10,000 Dollars for a Shot of Fake 150-year Old Scotch Whisky in Swiss Hotel

A Chinese national paid the American equivalent of ten thousand US dollars to sip a 150-year old Scotch, which turned out to be fake

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:November 6, 2017, 7:30 PM IST
Chinese Man Paid 10,000 Dollars for a Shot of Fake 150-year Old Scotch Whisky in Swiss Hotel
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A shot of Macallan whisky purportedly made in 1878 that a Chinese man paid $10,000 for at a Swiss hotel was actually distilled between 1970 and 1972, local media reported over the weekend. In August, the young customer entered the Devil's Place Whisky Bar at the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St. Moritz, northeast Switzerland, and expressed particular interest in a rare Macallan.

The bar, which has a whisky collection honored in the Guinness Book of World Records, had 47 options, ranging from seven Swiss francs to ten grand per glass. The customer chose the bottle marked as an 1878 vintage, which went for 9,999 Swiss francs ($10,000, 8,500 euros) for a two-centilitre (0.66-fluid-ounce) measure.

Whisky experts were not convinced.

According to the Swiss news site, specialists at Rare Whisky 101, who regularly serve as consultants at whisky auctions, established that the bottle's label was a fake.

The proprietor of the Waldhaus, Sandro Bernasconi, then traveled to Beijing and refunded the customer to prove that, "The Swiss are honest people and do not engage in scams", 20minuten quoted him as saying. The site also published a photo of the two men holding a symbolic voucher valued at 9,999 Swiss francs, dated October 2017.

Bernasconi said the bottle with the fake label was bought 25 years ago by his father who previously ran the hotel. "This whole time, we never doubted that the bottle was an original," Bernasconi told 20minuten.

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