Belgium in Brief: Whisky Business

Belgium in Brief: Whisky Business
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Enough of Covid, there’s plenty on that below. Today’s topic is both intoxicating and comes with an astounding price tag: whisky.

Why? Because two bottles of the oldest single malt whisky in the world have been sold by a local store in West Flanders for €93,000 per bottle.

There’s no getting away from it, that is an eye-watering high price for a dose of Scotland’s finest. But it also has me wondering what you would do with that whisky once you buy it.

Look at it? Show it to people? Post photos of it dressed up for Halloween? Because having paid such a mind-boggling price, I can’t quite imagine drinking the prized spirit. And that makes me sad.

I wonder where the line is between collectable and unattainable?

Perhaps it’s growing up surrounded by relatives partial to a dram or two – a custom I’ve adopted in adult life – but I can’t see a world where a drink isn’t meant for drinking.

So I want to hear from you, collectors of Belgium and beyond. What would you do if you had this bottle? What’s your collectable?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com). 

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