Lessons in spot­ting a fake malt

Whisky: How to stop costly mis­takes

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS - BY RE­BECCA BUCHAN

Spe­cial­ist work­shops are pop­ping up across the coun­try to help savvy in­vestors spot coun­ter­feit bot­tles of whisky.

Ris­ing prices mean in­vest­ing in the Scot­tish dram has be­come an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in­vest­ment op­tion.

How­ever, one down­side is that it is now at­tract­ing the un­wel­come at­ten­tion of crooks, who are flood­ing the mar­ket with fake bot­tles of rare malts.

In an at­tempt to help ed­u­cate po­ten­tial buy­ers, on­line auc­tion­eers Just Whisky will be trav­el­ling to venues across Scot­land, in­clud­ing Aber­lour, to ad­vise cus­tomers on what is fake and what’s not. The firm is also launch­ing a new guide to help buy­ers in­vest safely and tips on how to spot a fake.

Gra­ham Crane, co­founder of Just Whisky, said: “Pay­ing at­ten­tion to some­thing as sim­ple as the colour of the whisky is a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive way of iden­ti­fy­ing that all is not well.

“In­vest­ing in an ap­pre­ci­at­ing as­set like whisky is en­joy­able but car­ries an el­e­ment of risk when bought pri­vately.

“For buy­ers part­ing with sub­stan­tial cash, it is es­sen­tial it is the gen­uine ar­ti­cle.

“Our road­show and guide are de­signed to take some of the guess­work out of mak­ing what might be a very costly mis­take.”

“In­vest­ing in an as­set like whisky car­ries an el­e­ment of risk”

BAD TASTE: An em­ployee of Just Whisky checks a malt is not a coun­ter­feit bot­tle

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