A guy walks into a bar and orders a $10,000 shot of whisky. Heard that one?
…me neither, until now.
Last week, a young Chinese man paid 9,999 francs ($10,000, 8,733 euros) at a Swiss hotel for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Macallan.
The story was confirmed by an employee of the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St. Moritz, northeast Switzerland. The hotel’s Devils Place Whisky Bar has been honoured for its 2,500 bottle collection, including special merit from the Guinness Book of World Records. But proprietor Sandro Bernasconi said he never expected to open this particular treasure.
After entering the bar with a group of people, the client expressed interest in the Macallan – the hotel has 47 options, ranging from seven Swiss francs to ten grand. At first, Bernasconi told the man that the Macallan was not for sale. But as the client persisted, Bernasconi called his father, who had run the hotel for 20 years, and received the green light to pour away.
“I was nervous,” Bernasconi was quoted as saying, explaining that he was concerned the ancient cork would disintegrate. But everything went down smoothly. And now, the hotel hopes to sell the remaining shots and may consider dropping the price. Cheers! ~ Jason