What are the easiest and the most recognizable ways to flex your cash and feel a bit classy at the same time? Well, nothing comes as close to opening that single malt and an inexplicable bottle of Johnnie Blue that’s been resting in your closet since forever. Honestly, flaunting your booze has been a tradition for ages and with the rich getting richer, the trend doesn’t seem to lose some heat.
If you want to make a statement that you have made it in life, you get yourself an ultra-rare collection of some of the best scotch in the world. But if someone walks up to you one day and tells that your entire collection can supposedly be anything but original, the whole comes crashing, right?
Well, according to the reports by BBC Scotland, research was conducted by a lab in the whiskey-making capital of the world during which it tested 55 bottles of supposedly exceptionally rare and old whiskey. To conclude their genuine age, radioactive carbon dating was used to testify their claim to their true vintage. However, the results were astounding; 21 out of the 55 tested bottles were ‘deemed to be outright fakes or whiskeys not distilled in the year declared.’
Here are the specifics: The samples included 10 of the Single Malts that were claimed to have been distilled before the year 1900. For instance, an Ardbeg 1885, which was reportedly acquired from a private owner, was found to be suspicious, along with a Thorne’s Heritage early 20th Century blended whiskey procured from an auctioneer.
Last year, RW101 or Rare Whiskey 101, the Whisky brokerage from the UK, made it to the headlines for exposing the claims of a Swiss hotel selling vintage Scotch for over $13,000 per dram which made it the most expensive snifter in the world at the time. The Scotch when poured from an unopened bottle that carried the label of 1878 Macallan single malt, well, it turned out to be FAKE. On further testing, it was found that it had been made around 1970 at the earliest. Your heart just sank, isn’t it?
BBC reported that RW101 worked with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) on the testing, stated that in case all 21 bottles are proven to be genuine, they would be collectively valued at about $1.1 million AUD.
“It is our genuine belief that every purported pre-1900–and in many cases much later–bottle should be assumed fake until proven genuine. This problem will only grow as prices for rare bottles continue to increase. The exploding demand for rare whiskey is inevitably attracting rogue elements to the sector,” said David Robertson, RW101 co-founder.