Zheng Wei, a 36-year old author from Beijing paid 10,000 Swiss francs for a dram from a bottle of 1878 Macallan single-malt whisky at a hotel in Switzerland.
What he he got instead was a run of the mill blend of malt and grain whiskies. Mr Wei was reimbursed in full after analysis discovered that the spirit was probably created between 1970 and 1972.
The hotel manager said that he had no idea the bottle was fake. His father bought the bottle 25 years ago. Suspicions arose when experts noted discrepancies on the bottle’s label.
The situation highlights the importance, as a consumer, of checking how genuine a product is. This can include gettingin touch with the owner of the official brand or asking Trading Standards for advice.
Trade Mark owners can also be savvy when it comes to stopping counterfeiters:
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