Having recently spent half a year in China, including a couple weeks in Shanghai, I can't say that China should be on the top of anybody's list as far as expectations of a whisky-loving populace.
And yes, I would completely agree that you are mostly right to call out the Chinese as about status and glitz, not whisky.
That said, there are certainly whisky-lovers to be found. If anyone is in Shanghai, get on Line 1 of the subway, get off at Changshu Rd. Take a left out of the station. The first building has a whisky bar in the first floor. Obviously they won't have everything your heart desires, but it's China. Tell them that çŽ‹æ°æ˜Ž sent you
Could not agree with you more!
Finding a decent whiskey in China might be a challenge in terms of availability, quality and most definitely price. It is either way too overpriced or you cannot trust it (which is a sorrow though because my chinese friends really enjoy drinking whiskey with me)
However, for those who might be unaware there is luckily enough a store selling good whiskey for good prices
I was really lucky to find it hidden on the Bund's Fuzhou Lu (318).
it's called m1ntcellars and it offers really good service and products
you can see it yourself here:http://www.m1ntcellars.com/en/products/t/whisky-218
Last month I have ordered two bottles of Johnnie Walker and got them delivered the next day so after all it might not be a problem buying good whiskey in China
you just have to know where to look for