Bottle of whisky sells for $200,000
The Dalmore 62 whisky is displayed in Singapore's Changi Airport.
September 20th, 2011
08:08 AM ET

Bottle of whisky sells for $200,000

It may be the most expensive drink ever.

A Chinese businessman has put down a deposit of $79,400 ($100,000 Singapore) on a bottle of Scotch whisky that goes for $200,000 ($250,000 Singapore). The 62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt is one of only 12 produced, according to a report on ChannelNewsAsia.com.

The $200,000 bottle price amounts to about $12,000 per serving, the report said.

The bottle of whisky is still on display at a duty-free shop in Singapore's Changi Airport. The businessman put down the deposit with a bank transfer, an airport spokesman told ChannelNewsAsia.

The price breaks the retail record set by another bottle of the same brand three months ago, according to the Moodie Report. That bottle of Dalmore 64 sold in London for $188,000.

Vijay Mallya , chairman of Whyte & Mackay and United Spirits, which owns the Dalmore brand, told the Moodie Report that whisky is a good investment.

“The record breaking Dalmore 62 is an absolute bargain in my mind. The owner of this fabulous bottle now owns one of the rarest and most exclusive whiskies in the world. It’s a fantastic investment, rising in value by £100,000 ($157,000)  in 10 years. How much will it be worth in another 10 years?" Mallya is quoted as saying.

The Dalmore 62 was first offered for sale in 2002 at $39,000, according to the Moodie report.

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  1. justathought

    Too many dollars and not enough sense/per cliche. Wouldn't $200,000 help a lot of people in Samolia get a drink of water? I know; "It's my money and I'll spend it the way I wish."

    September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • thatrix

      Why is it the job of the rest of the world to provide for everyone?
      Don't you think the people of somalia should take responsibility for their own country and solve their own problems?

      September 20, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      " You know, we're living in a society! We're supposed to act in a civilized way." George Louis Costanza

      September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      If you can't even take a minute to lookup how to spell Somalia, why do you hold such high regard for what someone else does with their money?

      September 20, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Not that I particularly agree with the OP (I don't), but when other countries are partially to blame for issues in other nations (such as Somalia), some responsibility must also be shouldered by others.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      You all do realize that this is a story about a guy from CHINA buying a SCOTTISH bottly of whisky, right? Stop bringing this US class warfare crap into an article that doesn't even involve the US.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    That's a lot for something that will literally be going down the toilet a few hours after use.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. seth

    he must love whisky, I never had a thirst for it.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Vesstair

    This disgusts me.

    Alcoholic drinks should be expensive because it was a superb year or the like... not because the company made an artificially low production run.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      @ Vesstair...yeah, kind of like Petrus. Is the quality very good...yes. But is it that much better than say, Leoville Las Cases at$200/bottle? So why pay so much for it just because they have a smaller plot? It just shows how dumb rich people can be.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      It's all just booze...

      September 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OldGoat

    Why is it the job of the rest of the world to provide for everyone?

    It isn't. If the fine folks in Somalia can't figure out how to find water, no amount of money is going to make any difference. Think of it as a form of "natural selection."

    September 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. effinhill

    Won't be worth squat when me and Li Ning kill that bottle with some hos this weekend!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris Burns

    Woah! This dude has some serious F.U. money.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. NetNinja

    You know there are always plenty of people to tell other people how to spend thier money. But to spend 250k on whiskey? I guess to each his own.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. nepawoods

    It's not a "62-year-old bottle of Dalmore single malt", but a bottle of 62 year old Dalmore single malt". Big difference.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      What are you talking about you dumb POS

      September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      The quality of Whiskey / Scotch does not improve with age once it's bottled.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • eyguador

      the liquor is that old, not the bottle.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      It is correctly stated. Your spelling of Whiskey is a bit off though, Nepa...

      September 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Moore

    That Chinese businessman will probably mix it with a $0.50 coke.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    I like to eat poop when I'm bored and hungry sometimes.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruderalis

      Would you pay me to poop onto a dinner plate for you?

      September 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. yashca

    Maybe only 12 were produced because it sucked. Now they've got people fooled into buying it for more than it's worth.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      More likely only 12 were produced because they don't have many barrels of Scotch lying around for 62 years.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. RickyL

    Arrogance and selfishness are not a good combination.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. mfb

    That better be one smoooooth scotch.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ruderalis

    What global recession? He thinks the bottle will be worth more ten years from now. It will be worth ZERO when the chit hits the fan. You cant even start a fire with it.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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