Neither did I Iain, seen such a discussion or question. This is how I see it: The distillery brings the casks to the bottle plant, and they will be bottled under bond, so therefor the distillery needs to give or show the necessary paper work to the bottle plant, for age statements etc, I my eyes they are fully responsible if something goes absolutely wrong, I think there's another person involved, who has the full responsebility to check the distilleries records etc. HMS Customs and Excise are nothing more to me the persons who will see to it that duty is payed when the bottles leave the bonded wharehouse, and see that there's no smugling or forgering involved...
But leaves the question: who is the person(company) who will check its age etc?
Leaves me the question: How the Trading Standard Officers are fitting in here in this matter?
Something to find out, or have I allready put the answer here? I will dig in to this after the weekend, see my data base or check with the company who is doing what. I will grab in to it like a Pitbull, or a Dobermann, I don't know wich one is nicer?
Denmark, Copenhagen, The Whisky Messen this weekend will be first for me