Collector57 wrote:With respect Iain it's not really relevant. You're not the distillery so you won't be picked up by HMRC or anyone else.
The distillery is a business regulated under licensing laws of various kinds. The situation is entirely different.
Sorry for the confusion - I was using "I" hypothetically. What I meant was, if any independent whisky bottler buys some casks of whisky, what procedures are in place to ensure that he or they print the correct age on the label? I'm not suggesting I have evidence that anyone today is misleading the consumer - only asking what is to stop an unscrupulous person from doing so?
Is it based solely on the consumer's trust in the bottler's integrity, and a blind faith that someone might act as whistleblower in the event of naughtieness?
I think it's an important question. How can I judge with confidence that I am buying what it says on the label? The difference in perceived value between a 12, 18, 25 year old (and upwards!) of most brands of sms (and many blends) is considerable.
There is probably a good and simple answer to this question. Can anyone supply it?