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Whisky Advocate: Rare Whisky Estimated to be Worth $800,000 is Actually Fake

December 26, 2018

Fake whisky is a very real problem, one Whisky Advocate covered in-depth in its Fall 2017 issue.

Common forgeries include real bottles that have been refilled and resealed, as well as fake bottles made to look like the real thing. But how much phony rare whisky is actually on the market? According to recent laboratory tests, the answer may be more than you think.

The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) performed radiocarbon dating tests on 21 different bottles of rare Scotch, determining every one of them to be fake. If the whiskies were authentic, the bottles’ worth would be around £635,000 or $803,106. Whisky Advocate has the full story. —Ted Simmons

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