From the london Times, 22 May
By Martin Waller
"MACALLAN, the whisky distiller, four years ago started to assemble an impressive collection of about 100 antique bottles of whisky, acquired from a variety of sources and auctions, a number from Italy.
Some dated back as far as 1841. Macallan brought in an expert in ceramics and a forensic historian to authenticate the bottles and labels.
Then they started to test the contents, using carbon dating. They have now tested 11 bottles and every one proved to have been refilled with a rather more recent blend.
The question now is what to do with them. The bottles are authentic but the contents aren’t and the whole affair casts a question over the booming trade in “vintage” drink.
David Cox, director of fine and rare whisky at Macallan, says: “We’ve uncovered a scam here. There’s certainly a lot of this in the wine trade. I’m not sure it gets quite the publicity it should.”
What a cheek! MACALLAN has uncovered a scam?
It was made public in Whisky Magazine in 2002 and reported elsewhere, over a period of nearly 2 years.
But Mac wouldn't take action nor halt their on-line auction.
More spin than Muralitharan.