Describing the behaviour detailed in this quote as
< amateurish > seems a tad generous.
Other words which might be closer to the mark could include arrogant, bare-faced, cheating, deceitful, evasive, fraudulent, greedy, hypocritical, insulting, jiggery-pokery, knavish, lying, misleading, nasty, outrageous, pathetic, quarrelsome, reprehensible, stupid, third-rate, underhand, vain, weird, x-rated, yobbish and zombie-like.
Although I see that the dictionary defines <amateurish > as imperfect, untrained, so on second thoughts........
"Jonas"]The latest article in WM (issue 41) doesn't exactly improve the picture of Macallan:
* Other distillers (Allied, Chivas, Dewar's, Diageo) were also offered suspicious bottles, but promptly declined.
* The quote "It has only now emerged that four of the bottles were not tested [in the first paper and bottle test] as the two experts immediately suspected them as fake".
* Macallan received the liquid test results in December 2003, but did not say anything for quite a few months.
* The 1841 replica is still sold, even though it is based on a fake.
* The auctions continued even though there were serious suspicions.
Classbook example of amateurish handling of the matter from beginning to end.