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Issue 109 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 109
February 2013


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Ask The Expert

Although born in London, my parents were both from Glasgow. Consequently during the war, the family were evacuated back there. This meant that my formative years were spent having it drummed into me that Scottish education was the best in the world and the only history worth learning concerned William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, how many times Scotland had cuffed England at ‘fitba' and about how bereft the world would be without our shipbuilders, scientists and soldiers.

I was shocked therefore while drooling in the duty free at Manchester Airport to come across a bottle of Glenfiddich “Millennium Vintage” limited edition bottling that had a label on with the word “DISTILLLED” on [Note the three Ls]. Were the excise man, distiller, label designer, proof reader and printer all under the influence to let this pass?

Does it mean that this whisky is extremely good and irresistibly moreish? And finally does this error affect the value of the bottle of whisky in any way? My initial reaction is to drink the whisky with selected company and keep the bottle as a souvenir.
J Tulloch, UK by email

Well spotted! The Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage bottle is a 12 Years Old single malt whisky sold in travel retail and released by William Grant & Sons which boldly marks the bottling year 2012 on the packaging (subtly not directly mentioning the London 2012 Olympics or the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II). I believe that William Grant & Sons are aware there was a typographica...

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