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The World’s Most Expensive Whisky

A Chinese man walks into a bar in St Moritz and asks for a shot of their most expensive whisky. The barman pours the shot from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt. The man paid just under 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,600) for the single shot. It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a poured dram of Scotch. Suspicions about the spirit's provenance surfaced soon after the purchase, when whisky industry experts spotted discrepancies in the bottle's cork and label from newspaper articles. A sample was sent to Dunfermline-based specialists Rare Whisky 101 (RW101) where analysis found that it was almost certainly not distilled before 1970. The hotel said it had accepted the findings and reimbursed the customer in full.

What is the moral of this story? Well, if it was a pension…..

…..be aware. Even when the surroundings (“pension wrapper”) are reputable, it may be that the underlying “investment” is legal but totally inappropriate. This man was lucky as the hotel gave him his money back. You are very unlikely to be so lucky if you invest in a pension scam with a high risk investment such as property in Cape Verde.

If you are wondering who can afford to spend £7,600 on a shot of whisky, the Chinese man was Mr Zhang, aged 36, who writes martial arts fantasy novels.

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