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The bottle, which was priced at $300,000, had Sandro Bernasconi, of The Waldhuase Hotel, a bit skeptical so he called investigators to examine it. The bottle, which was priced at $300,000, had Sandro Bernasconi, of The Waldhuase Hotel, a bit skeptical so he called investigators to examine it.

(Meredith) – Chinese tourist Zhang Wei, 36, paid $10,000 to taste what he thought was the world’s most expensive whiskey. Turns out, it wasn’t.

Wei was at The Waldhaus Hotel in Switzerland back in July when he was offered a shot of “Macallan 1878,” the whiskey that fetched such a hefty price.

The bottle, which was priced at $300,000, had Sandro Bernasconi, of The Waldhuase Hotel, a bit skeptical so he called investigators to examine the bottle. They sent the bottle away to be tested at Oxford University.

According to Fox News, the tests revealed the whiskey wasn’t created in 1878. It was created in 1970, a hundred years younger than it claimed to be. The whiskey is thought to be a blended Scotch, made of about 60 percent malt and 40 percent grain.

Experts said a few other pieces of evidence gave it away, like that fact that it was made from modern glass and the cork “looked too new.”

The label on the bottle claimed the whiskey was "distilled in 1878 and matured for 27 years." It also was "guaranteed absolutely pure by Roderick Kemp, proprietor, Macallan and Talisker Distilleries Ltd."

Once the results were in, Bernasconi flew all the way to China to apologize and return Wei’s money. Apparently, the bottle was bought 25 years ago by Bernasconi’s father when he managed the hotel.

Ken Grier, who works with Edrington, the brand owner of Macallan, said they are taking this very seriously.

It’s unclear how the hotel came into possession of the bottle or who is responsible for the alleged fraud, Fox reported.

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