The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver is taking advantage of whiskey’s current popularity. The hotel is the owner of the only bottle of rare Balvenie 50-year old Scotch whiskey made available in Canada.
Those interested in experiencing the beverage can get a perfect 1-ounce pour for $2,600 CAD, which at today’s rates equals US$1,872. The Scotch whiskey comes in its own handcrafted and specially numbered ‘collector’s edition’ Baccarat crystal glass.
“We often host a sophisticated clientele in The Lobby Lounge who enjoy the finer experiences in life. This scotch is in itself a part of history and highlights years of elegant craftsmanship. It’s very rare that an opportunity like this comes along, and it represents our ongoing commitment to being the best lounge in the city and offering a unique experience for our guests,” said Grant Sceney, head bartender at Fairmont Pacific Rim.
The hotel most likely won’t have a problem selling the entire bottle. Whiskey is popular: Canadians drink an average of 1.19 liters of whiskey per year, while Americans drink an average of 1.41 liters per year, according to Statista.
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