Writer Zhang Wei bought a peg from the unopened bottle of "Macallan 1878" for the five-figure sum at a Swiss hotel because for him, it was more than Scotch; it was a piece of history, The Washington Post reported.
Later, Zhang took to Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform similar to Twitter, to describe his experience, saying the whisky "had a good taste." He stressed, though, that, "It's not just the taste, but also history."
Andy Simpson, the company's co-founder, organised a test and found the high-end grog bottle was filled with a blended whisky, probably distilled between 1970 and 1972 - about a century from the dram of history Zhang Wei thought he had purchased.
The bottle turned out to be "almost worthless as a collector's item."
Bernasconi flew to China to apologise and personally pay back the dosh.
"He thanked me very much for the hotel's honesty and said his experience in Switzerland had been good," Bernasconi stated.