Third of rare Scotch whiskies tested found to be fake

Third of rare Scotch whiskies tested found to be fake
20 December 2018


Vintage Scotch whiskies found to be fake

More than a third of vintage Scotch whiskies tested at a specialist laboratory have been found to be fake, BBC Scotland has learned.

Twenty-one out of 55 bottles of rare Scotch were deemed to be outright fakes or whiskies not distilled in the year declared.

The tests were conducted at the East Kilbride-based Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).   It used advanced radiocarbon dating techniques to reach its conclusions.

SUERC measured residual concentrations of a radioactive isotope of carbon present in the alcohol contained in each bottle in order to establish the ages of the whiskies.            

The samples had been sent for analysis by whisky broker Rare Whisky 101 (RW101), which said it was responding to “growing concern surrounding the proliferation of fake whisky” in the secondary market.

READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-46566703

 

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