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. LouAz

    See what really rich people do with their money ? That is what Bohner and Caster and McConnel mean by "Class Warfare". You betcha !

    September 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • zarfzort

      what kind of sick freak would buy a bottle and not take a drink? hold onto it for an investment? i'm gonna hurl.
      anyway, so what happens if i make a bottle of whiskey myself? only one of its kind exists. would i be rich? i don't get it.

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

      Idiot – he is a CHINESE businessman, so the current tax issues in the US have nothing to do with it. BUT, since you mentioned it thinking you were being smart, YES – see that. A rich man just put $200K into the economy.

      Please, sterilize yourself before you spread your seeds of stupidity.

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

      Zarf – he could to either. If it is worth $200K now, in a few years that value will likely double. But who knows, maybe he will decide to drink it.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • narfzort

      but could he do both? if that stuff is good, and is as old as it is, no real man could pass up a chance to take a snoot.

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

      Who cares if the business man is Chinese or not. The rich all do the same with their huge profits. They buy their extra homes, cars, yahts, tennis courts, pools, helicoptors, art work, etc....which even if expensive does very little to spur mfg or the economy because it affects such a small segment. The fact is the rich and ubber rich can afford to pay more in taxes and still have lots of goodies while maintaining health care above the average individual, eating better than the poorest, and living and traveling and educating their famileis far above the average in this country. It is time for the rich in America to step up to the plate and pay their fare share. I am tired of the current class warfare which leaves all of 'average" Americans poorer, less educated, less cared for medically. It is time to take the war to the rich and stop the GOP from defending them all the time.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Fast forward, customs officials seize the bottle as it violated rules not allowing passengers to carry any liquids on board the airplane. Custom spokesperson said, they have seized the bottle and will not disclose the disposition of said contents. Meanwhile in the break room...there’s a few under paid customs agents enjoying 12,000 dollar shots before shift change.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      there you go..ditto..

      September 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      "but could he do both? if that stuff is good, and is as old as it is, no real man could pass up a chance to take a snoot."

      No, I seriously doubt that he could both taste it and sell it... Generally, the sort've people who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a bottle of whiskey aren't really interested in bottles that have already been opened by strangers.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrea M

    I can just imagine how the people in the duty free shop felt selling that. I remember a few years ago when I sold a guy a bottle of Louis Tre in the liq store I was working at, it made me feel kind of giddy. Going back to the liquor manager and saying "hey, do we have another bottle of Louis? Cause I just sold the one in the case." Spendy booze, priceless feeling.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jpip

    so wait a minute, it's called Dalmore 62 AND it's 62 years old???
    Does it become Dalmore 63 NEXT year? Relax Scotch fanatics, just kidding around...

    September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      I hope so. I was thinking us scotch fans might have to find you and provide an education.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      No, it only ages, as in changes it's taste, while it is in a cask. Once it is bottled it pretty much is what it is. The age doesn't refer to how old it actually is but how long it took to produce it in a cask. The taste doesn't improve after it is bottled.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • narfzort

      actually, the taste does change while it's in a bottle. if stored properly, the taste "mellows". that's what you want. you get less of that alcohol bite. if it's not stored properly, it can get kinda nasty.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • S Kyle

      @narfzort – you're a moron. aging stops once it's bottled.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Don Peterson

    Buyer has Gluttony, greed, and pride traits. While many commentators are having envy.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Bise

    Every time I see something like this I think of all the starving people in the world.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • zarfzort

      me too. then i take another sip of my rare whiskey.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bear

    Hey,...its his money. He earned it. He should be able to do with it as he wants. Its not for you to judge him or determine how he should spend his money.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      When children in his country are drinking poisoned milk, and his country are sending us tainted goods and produce, and the average worker in China has no clean water or fresh air because his millions/billions have been made off the backs of the undereducated and totally exploited workers......yes I can tell him how he should spend it. You sir are a calous protector of evil greed!

      September 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right...

      So what you are saying is that every rich person should be judged based on the sins of their society? That seems rather hypocritical considering every society has different values and norms. You must also consider that all Americans benefit from the "ethical conduct" of the Chinese society/government. By your rational, those of us who own TVs, clothes, and food grown in China are equally to blame, even though we do not make the kind of money that would by us rare alcohol. Don't throw stones. If you have issues with what the businessman has purchased with his income do some research and find out if he is a hedonist or maybe a philanthropist that likes expensive drinks.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yoni

    I wonder if his pee will have any residual value. Maybe in the 20-30k range

    September 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      ha ha ha...funny!!

      September 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe in Colorado

    What are the odds it's just caramel-colored water ?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bob

    i like whiskey but good god, what a waste of money. if all their going to do is waste their money then the government might as well take it from them. at least the government has a slight chance of doing something good with it.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • narfzort

      you kinda contradicted yourself. he's better off doing whatever he wants with it. at least he's only paying a small amount of taxes that the government can squander instead of giving all of it away.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronkers

      It's his money and he can do with it what he likes, whether we like it or not. Who are we to judge how he spends his money. Better he wastes it on himself than the government wasting it on, let's say, bail outs or giving it to people who have not earned it.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hank

    My name is Hank and people ask why do I drink and I say cause I can...but only beer. I wouldn't take a shot of that even if they gave it to me for free...haven't touched whiskey in over 2 years since I poisoned myself on St Pattys day when a buddy of mine and I almost polished off a liter of Jamison in shots....just the thought of a shot of whiskey makes me cringe.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • narfzort

      you don't drink "shots" of that kind of whisky. you should be disgusted by the thought of it. that kind of whisky is for mixing only. this stuff this guy bought is for casual sippage.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proctor

      Poisoned splittling a fifth of liquor? I had higher tolerance when I was 12. Grow a sack.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Whiskey is for drinking!

    September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joeseph Mama

    LOL for all you "have nots" that are making angry posts, here is a great example of WHY you are a have not. You are not smart. That's why. Sorry. This is not overly complex. You buy something that you expect to increase in value over time. That is called an investment. Other examples: art, gold, classic cars, etc. When someone invests, they are taking money that they would otherwise be holding on to and they are giving it to someone else so it can be used for other purposes. That's a good thing. You know, as opposed to them hording their money so it can't be used by anyone else. Can you understand this? There is nothing bad or evil here. If you think anything about this is bad, you have no economic sense. And like I said, if you're wondering why you don't have a lot of money, go look in the mirror. That's life.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rick perrytwit ... slack jawed bible thumper

    Here in Texas, we plunk down 200k for 62 year old cow pies.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Just Me

    This is sad....It's just a bottle with some stinky bitter alcohol in it. I would open it up and throw it down the toilet in front of the buyer just to show what a moron he is...

    September 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Meko

    You must be out of your GD mind. There is no way I would pay that much for some liquid unless it holds eternal youth

    September 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • that one kid

      eternal youth common on pick up the pace i can tell ur old and fat this is the 21st century like really were not in the nine teen hundreds any more old person

      September 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
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