irishwhiskeychaser wrote:Basically everyone got caught out with the forged Macallans and that was a long time ago. .
That's a bit unfair to all those folks who rang the alarm bells about the fake Macs, and got a shirricking from Macallan for their troubles.
It's true that Martin Green and Macallan's people got caught out, but that was because they would not listen to many, many people - collectors and industry insiders - who told them (privately at first, and then increasingly in public) that the "Vintage Macs" were fakes. Michael Jackson dropped some heavy hints of his own. If rumours are to be believed, even the Macallan Master Blender (who sampled the stuff) opposed the continued purchase of the fakes, but was overruled by a marketing department hell-bent on giving the brand a collectors' market "halo".
Macallan and MG still claim the bottles and packaging/get-up were genuine, despite clear evidence that the labels had been "enhanced" (at least!).
It transpired the whisky within each "19th century Macallan" bottle was an unidentified single malt distilled in the 1980s or 1990s.