Whisky Magazine Issue 105
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Jonny McCormickon the war on fakes and a look at rare whisky in the East
Berry Bros. & Rudd are to be applauded for their robust stance on counterfeit whiskies.
The owners of The Glenrothes brand were integral in preventing the sale of a couple of bottles recently, supposedly bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd in the 1970s. One bottle was advertised as a single malt from the 1930s, the other from the 1940s. Both hailed from an Italian source and were subsequently withdrawn from sale. Simon Berry, Berry Bros. & Rudd chairman, proclaimed his intention to remove any fakes from circulation: “Having seen the damage wrought in fine wine circles by a few unscrupulous individuals, some of whom are now facing criminal proceedings, I am adamant that we will do what we can to prevent a similar situation arising in the world of single malt whisky. We cannot purport to be experts in all whisky forgeries but we can be certain when it comes to our own bottlings.” Auction transaction costs are considerable and you expect the auctioneer will take the time to research, value and authenticate the bottle.
Although many distillery companies will do this, it's laudable to see a brand owner putting themselves forward in this way. Should you have any doubts regarding a bottle of Berry Bros. & Rudd whisky, the company invite you to send the bottle in question to Douglas McIvor, Spirits Manager. If genuine, the bottle will be returned with a certificate of authenticity. Should the bottle be a fake it will be destroyed.
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