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Not Fake News: Your Vintage Whisky Could Be Counterfeit

on 01/03/17 at 5:47 pm

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RareWhisky101-fake-Laphroaig-79-426x640Whisky.Auction, an online spirits auctioneer, uncovered what they call an “extremely sophisticated” counterfeiting operation. While this large-scale counterfeit whisky operation is in England, if you purchased vintage whisky at auction, there’s a very good chance it may be fake.

“In a statement to sister publication The Spirits Business, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police commented: “Detectives from the Organised Crime Command are investigating an allegation of fraud involving counterfeit Whisky.
“The offence was reported to police on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.
“The offence involves purported vintage Whisky being sold at auctions in forged bottles and containing non-vintage spirit.”

As per The Drinks Business: “Fake Scotch whisky worth close to 1 million pounds has been removed from the market in what one broker has called “just the tip of the iceberg”.

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