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Whisky Magazine Issue 75
October 2008

 

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I have a moderate collection of various malt whiskies (54) all in various stages of consumption with the exception of six “specials” My wife purchased a bottle of Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Years Old from a retailer in Edinburgh on her way north to our house in Loch Awe.

When opening the box it was discovered that the bottle had a label attached to the rear “Mock Whisky“.Upon contacting the retailer it was explained that we had been sold a display item.The manager was very apologetic and said he did not have another bottle of the same but would send something to compensate. A bottle of The Macallan 1861 Replica duly arrived in the post.My question is:Why would they need a bottle of mock whisky?

What would be the fluid in the bottle? I look forward to your comments.

J Wilkin, London, England The retailer in Edinburgh would have been given mock whisky bottles as display items by the distillers because whisky is a favourite with shop lifters.

The fluid in the bottle would not be whisky but coloured water and worthless. I am delighted you were pleased with the bottle sent to you as a replacement.

(James has emailed me again to let me know that Janet Andrew quality team member with William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd, immediately sent a replacement for the mock item as soon as they knew about the mistake. He felt this was customer service above and beyond the norm.) I have a Beneagles chess set with William Wallace,Mary Queen Of Scots, John Knox , Robert the Bruce & Sc...

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