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. Mit

    I bet this is just more Chinese propaganda, the Chinese gov probably bought it to say "look how well our businessmen are doing, we are the true super power"

    Reminds me of when the Chinese government Paid teams of bloggers to post positive comments on the government website.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJRG

      If the Chinese aren't doing well, who is? Anyways, they're buying American debt faster than Obama is driving down the economy.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. funkmasterskunk

    Probably some chump who's gonna show his friends what he's got then put it in a cabinet and forget about it till one of his dumb kids pops it and cuts it with coke.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. matt

    i would drink that bottle in one night and then finish it off with a 12 pack of budweiser

    September 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    Dont drink the Dalmore, it's spoiled.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kimo

    Wet your lips for $1000?

    September 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chok

      10 years ago, if you wet your lip is for $1000 !! But now it is $10,000 and its a good investment ..!! you know 🙂

      September 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Henry Penello

    No one deserves this more that you!

    Take care,
    Henry

    September 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bsitz

    “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?

    Why does anyone make a LQ for something like this. Its not aging in the bottle so it wont taste any better in 10 years. I dont understand how alcohol can cost so much.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      It costs as much as someone with money is willing to pay for it. You can sell anything to anyone if you make them believe they're getting something special.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      There is no doubt Mr. Mallya understands the whisky will not mature in the normal way in the bottle. However, the rarity of the bottle will go up as the years go by. That was how I read his remark.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justin

    Sadly the guy who bought it probably can't taste the difference between the Dalmore and a bottle of Jameson. It's a status symbol. At least it didn't go to some dipsh!t rapper.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    I though my $8.50 margaritas at Chevy's were expensive.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    The stupid things people spend their money on...

    September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • metalaica

      It's stupid if he's planning to drink it (which he is not). The bottle will only continue to increase in value... it's liquid gold!

      September 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Billie Jo Murray

    I would wash down three blue valiums with a shot of this Scotch!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. smokin11

    I'D TOP IT OFF WITH A FEW GOOD JOINTS

    September 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pumbaa

    The businessman may have so much money that it is like a salary-man paying $20 for a bottle of blended whiskey.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alanseago

    Mit: Your suggestion, that this is Chinese propaganda, is scary. But scarier still is the possibility that this ISN'T Chinese propaganda - that Chinese businessmen really are so wealthy they can afford to throw away money like this.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bjorn

    i hate you

    September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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