An RM43,000 shot of whisky

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HAVE you heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar and or­dered a US$10,000 (RM43,000) shot of whisky?

A young Chi­nese man paid 9,999 Swiss francs last week at a Swiss ho­tel for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Ma­callan, the 20Minuten web­site said.

The re­port was con­firmed by an em­ployee of the luxury Wald­haus Ho­tel in St Moritz, north­east Switzer­land.

The ho­tel's Devil's Place Whisky Bar has been hon­oured for its 2,500 bot­tle col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing by the Guin­ness Book of World Records.

But pro­pri­etor San­dro Ber­nasconi told 20Minuten he never ex­pected to open this par­tic­u­lar trea­sure.

Af­ter en­ter­ing the bar with a group of peo­ple, the client ex­pressed par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the Ma­callans – the ho­tel has 47 op­tions, rang­ing from seven Swiss francs to ten grand.

“I told the cus­tomer that the most ex­pen­sive Ma­callan was not for sale,” Ber­nasconi was quoted as say­ing by the web­site.

The client per­sisted, so Ber­nasconi called his fa­ther, who had run the ho­tel for 20 years and never had a client or­der the 1878. The el­der Ber­nasconi told his son to go for it, even if the cus­tomer was not go­ing to pay in ad­vance.

“I was ner­vous,” Ber­nasconi was quoted as say­ing, ex­plain­ing that he was con­cerned the an­cient cork would dis­in­te­grate.

But ev­ery­thing went down smoothly, in­clud­ing the two-cen­til­itre (20ml) mea­sure, A young Chi­nese man paid 9,999 Swiss francs (RM43,000)) last week for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Ma­callan, the 20Minuten web­site said. — AFP

Ber­nasconi said.

Now that the bot­tle is open, the ho­tel hopes to sell the re­main­ing shots and may con­sider drop­ping the price, 20Minuten said.

Be­fore it was un­corked, the bot­tle had been val­ued at 50,000 Swiss francs (RM222,000), a rel­a­tively mod­est price com­pared to re­cent record sets by whisky bot­tles

at auc­tion.

The iden­tity of the young – but pre­sum­ably well-heeled – con­nois­seur was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

A spe­cial col­lec­tor's blend of Ma­callan's sold at auc­tion in Hong Kong for nearly US$630,000 (RM2.7mil) in 2014. — AFP Re­laxnews

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