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. nom de plume

    It would be more fun just to watch $200,000. go through a paper shredder.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John Walker

      You clearly don't appreciate a good whiskey.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      What the hell, if you have the means why not buy a bottle of 62 year of scotch. I know I would.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpip

      @John Walker: the buyer won't appreciate a good whiskey either, unless he actually drinks it. This sounds like more of an investment...

      September 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    do that.......and ill be a friend for life.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. NewViewer

    This Chinese business man is an idiot and greedy man, He feel as long as his money could make more money, anything he would do. Gambler! Put your money to create more job to return to society.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • PARSADA DASI

      I AGREE WITH MILLIONS OF STARVING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD..........HEIGHT OF INSANITY!!

      September 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      He's just making up for his undersized chinese penis

      September 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      Umm, that is what he did. That $200K sale will have a huge impact as it winds its way through the pocket books of the owners and employees of the store. Just think about how much the commission or bonus the sale will impact the employee who sold it.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      His money is helping to create jobs for Whyte and Mackay, the company who makes the whisky. I swear that most of the posters on this site don't grasp economics.

      Consumer spending is THE driver of the economy. Luxury spending by the wealthy is the best kind, since it typically involves items with high profit margins that boost the economic condition of the seller as well as the original producer.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salvador gonzalez

    What a pity. I hope this person purchased this bottle as an investment. I've been working real hard over the past few years to build an indoor playground in El Salvador. All I really need is 50K to make hundreds of children happy and this guy blows 4 times that amount on a bottle of whiskey. Makes you wonder why is the world like this????

    September 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      How do you know he isn't buying it to celebrate the $50 million he just donated to charity? So what you're saying is every rich person has to spend ALL their money on handouts to the poor?

      September 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    I love scotch more than most of the people posting here but I don't think I could ever part with a cool $200,000 for just one bottle... I mean, you could buy a swimming pool worth of Lagavulin 16 for that kind of cash.

    That said, it's his money and he can spend it how he wants. $200,000 isn't going to Sudan into a first-world country or anything.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Smedley the uncertain

      The sad part is he has no intention of drinking it. It's simply an investment to earn more money so he can buy something else he won't use.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PHinMiami

    This fluff article needs where, when and how this liquor was produced to make it special. Poor writing, don't bother.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rex

      It may be a fluff piece, but it does contain 2 of the 3 items you claim that it does not, and the third was a click away:
      Where: A Duty-free shop in Singapore's Changi Airport.
      How: A bank transfer of S$100,000 as a deposit.
      When: That is unclear from this article, but the article linked in the opening paragraph says it happened two weeks ago.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      It's not mentioned because this would be understood by most scotch drinkers. All Scotch whiskey is distilled in Scotland, it can't be called scotch otherwise. Anyone can look up Dalmore distillery online to find the exact location. The price is a direct result of the age and the reputation of the distillery. Scotch gets mellower, smoother, and more complex as it ages. Some scotches are sold at 8 years but most good scotches are aged at least 10-14 years, selling for $45 – $75 per bottle. 25 years is the high water mark for most scotch drinkers and is very expensive, $200 – $500 per bottle. I can't even imagine what a 62 year old scotch would taste like but I can understand someone with money to burn paying to find out.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      Rex: He was actually asking how, when, where it was "produced" not purchased. He's wondering what justifies the price, a reasonable question.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rex

      My mistake, I read "produced" as "purchased" in your comment. The answers you seek, however, are in the second linked article, quoted here:
      "The Dalmore creator Richard Paterson kept one of the original 12 bottles back and gave it exclusively to DFS in Singapore. The rare whisky, with spirit dating as far back as 1868, was decanted in to a bespoke hand blown crystal decanter and caarries the brand’s 12 pointer royal stag’s head – hand crafted in platinum. It sits in a specially made bespoke wooden presentation case which took over 100 hours to create. "
      So, 62 year old Scotch is expensive. Rare 62 year old scotch is crazy expensive. 62 year old scotch that is one of only a dozen worldwide with hand blown crystal, hand crafted platinum accents, etc. is worth what many people won't earn in a life time.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      more importantly, the causal reader will not care where in Scotland it was distilled, the process, or why it is worth so much.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The mad turk

    No bottle of alcohol is worth 200,000 dollars. And I wonder how bored you have to be with your money before you go doing things like plunking 200K down on a bottle of booze.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • taskforce4256

      Apparently it's worth it to someone... Anything's value is established by the highest price offered. No Scotch in the world is worth more than $50. to me, but that's just me.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    With T. Boone Pickens buying water rights, land and building a pipeline in Texas, water may be the next commodity we have to pay for.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • The mad turk

      I don't doubt that. Especially out west where it is getting scarcer and scarcer. And with the population boom in the soutwest it doesn't help that people who move to a desert want to water it so it looks like an oasis. The water has to come from somewhere

      September 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      He plans on it being the new oil. He is a geologist what is he trying to tell us? Our water is going to hell in a handbag?

      September 20, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      Good point... Fresh water will soon be worth more than oil, gold, diamonds.... population growth/need for water...

      September 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    ...and that $200,000 is going to be transformed into urine, sooner or later

    September 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. ketsui

    the 'my wife cheated on me' drink

    September 20, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nancy in WA

    Bet he shares it with a 20-something babe who will not be impressed by it or him, only his money.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      Highly doubtful. If he is a true fan of scotch, he will not waste it on someone who would not appreciate it.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*eileen

    wow was a little bit curious what it would taste like. but after reading ur guys opinions i rather agree with Jay. turns into urine like everything else we drink. still.....kind of curious. NO curiosity killed the cat.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    I'd rather have a bottle of 10 year old cask strength Laphroig, or on a splurge some Glenrothes. Take the balance and pay my mortgage off. Jeeez.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. GC

    Shame Shame Shame on this man. We are all well aware that this is his money and he can do with it what he pleases, but while there is so much hurt in the world, just think of what $200K could do in Haiti for example...or Sudan, or, right in his own country. Wouldn't it feel so much better to bring a smile to a poverty-stricken child who has NEVER gotten a Christmas present? What a disappointment.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      How do you know does not do much to help charities. Judge not, lest you be judged.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      I would rather he help the employees at the distillery keep their good paying jobs, so they can buy their own kids Christmas presents. Seriously, rich people buying expensive stuff is very very good for our economy!

      September 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muddywolf

    "Ain't no man with money in his hand, got any of that bread being slow in the head" – from "Easy Money" by Ricki Lee Jones. Ten years ago, it was selling for $39,000. I wish my 401K was appreciating that well.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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