How much would you pay for a shot of whiskey? $10? $100? How about, $10,000?
Because that’s apparently how much one Chinese tourist forked out to gulp down a shot of Macallan at the luxury Waldhaus Hotel’s Devil’s Place Whiskey Bar in Switzerland last week.
The whiskey was made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Macallan. As the last of its kind, it could be the most expensive whiskey in the world.
Meanwhile, the wealthy whiskey enthusiast wasn’t just any deep-pocketed tourist, but Zhang Wei, China’s highest-paid online novelist, beloved by fans for his series of wuxia novels. Last week, he stunned Weibo with a post describing how he had paid 9,999 Swiss francs ($10,331) for just a single shot of whiskey.
“I was in Switzerland and saw a 100-year-old whiskey. I didn’t spend long weighing up whether to get it,” he wrote. “In a nutshell, it tasted good. I was drinking not so much the whiskey but a lot of history.”
Zhang also noted that the 139-year-old whiskey was older than his 82-year-old grandmother who he had brought along for his trip to Switzerland.
After reports of Zhang’s extravagant purchase went viral, rumors started to circulate that the Macallan was, in fact, a forgery, prompting the hotel to submit its bottle of 1878 Macallan for “extremely rigorous” testing, a process which could take several months.
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