World's most expensive dram of Scotch, turns out to be fake!

World's most expensive dram of Scotch, turns out to be fake!

A Chinese millionaire paid almost United States dollars 10,000 for a single shot of one of the world's oldest and most expensive whiskies which was later exposed as a fake made in the 1970s, laboratory tests have concluded.

A dram from the unopened bottle of "Macallan 1878" sold for £7,700 at a Swiss hotel in July - making it the priciest glass of single malt ever flogged. He uploaded a photo of the momentous knocking back of the posh booze, only for fellow whisky enthusiasts to start casting doubt on the authenticity of the bottle, supposedly an 1878 Special Reserve from The Macallan distillery in Speyside.

They sent a sample to Rare Whisky 101, a company in Dunfermline, Fife, who used carbon dating technology to discover that the whisky was nearly certainly made in the early 1970s.

The Waldhaus am See's manager Sandro Bernasconi, and Scotch whisky consultancy firm Rare Whisky 101 carried out a number of scientific and forensic tests on the bottle and its liquid and have concluded it is indeed a fake.

But it proved to be a "virtually worthless" as a collector's item.

He said: "We've noticed an increasing number of old, rare archive or antique bottles coming to market at auction and it's hard to know how prevalent this problem is". The hotel has reimbursed the drinker, Chinese writer Zhang Wei.


Carbon dating tests were then carried out by researchers from the University of Oxford, which suggested a 95% probability that the spirit was created between 1970 and 1972. Moreover, the whisky may not have even been a single malt; Scottish analysts said it was more likely a blended Scotch, of 60% malt and 40% grain.

Mr Bernasconi said the bottle with the fake label was bought 25 years ago by his father, who previously ran the hotel.

Bernasconi flew to Asia to refund the customer in person.

"He thanked me very much for the hotel's honesty", Mr Bernasconi told the BBC.

"We would implore that others in the market do what they can to identify any rogue bottles". We praise the work that our partners, RW101, are doing to bring awareness of any fraud to light. The more intelligence we can provide, the greater the chance we have to defeat the fakers and fraudsters who seek to dupe the unsuspecting rare whisky consumer.

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