The Washington Post has an interesting article about a bestselling Chinese writer who dropped ten grand on a rare Scotch, only to discover the spirit was a forgery.
Zhang Wei, described as a popular writer of fantasy martial arts books, took his grandmother to Switzerland, and visited a bar known for its collection of rare whiskies. There, he cajoled the bar staff into opening an extraordinarily old bottle and selling him a glass. Which later turned out to be fake.
The writer seems good natured about the whole adventure, which in turn is reminiscent of The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace, published in 2009.
In Wallace’s book, a number of cultural and financial forces come together to drive up prices of world class wines, and rich folks looking to make a mark start bidding record breaking prices for the beverages. Good book, and one often used as a comparable title when people pitch stories of historic items and the people obsessed by them.