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I found this article quite interesting :

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/dining/drinks/fake-bourbon.html?searchResultPosition=1

 

fake high end bourbon

 

probably behind a pay-way.  that's unfortunate

 

for review purposes :

 

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To the casual eye, there was nothing amiss about the bottle of whiskey sitting on a shelf at Acker, a wine store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But for anyone who knew what to look for, the warning signs were clear.

The whiskey, a bourbon called Col. E.H. Taylor Four Grain that Acker was selling for about $1,000, normally came packaged in a special cardboard tube; this one sat there tubeless. Its strip stamp, attached over the top of the cork, was on backward.

Still, when a producer from the TV news program “Inside Edition” asked in April about the bottle’s authenticity, the store assured him it was legitimate.

The producer bought the whiskey, then took it to Buffalo Trace, the Kentucky distillery that makes the Col. E.H. Taylor line of bourbon, for chemical analysis. The bottle, it turned out, was fake: It had been refilled with cheap whiskey and resealed, then sold to Acker as part of a private collection.

 

The store said it had already pulled several bottles from the collection off the shelf, and offered refunds on bottles it had already sold. But that didn’t stop “Inside Edition” from featuring the incident in an eye-opening news report a few weeks later.""

 

the article gets more interesting as it chugs along

 

however , its not mentioned how or why Acker got itself duped

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When I was catering, I did a lot of business with Acker, mostly wines by the case.  Well known and respected, actually, so this was kind of interesting.

 

Counterfeiters are always looking to up their game; some of my buddies have bottles of Stagg, Pappy, Red Hook (try to find that), et al. bourbons that are worth well into the thousands; all of those bottles were direct from the distillers and/or origjnal sellers.

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2 minutes ago, rotuts said:

I wonder what Acker's explanation is for this .

 

and Im not singling out Acker in any way what soever.

 

or implying anything 

 

I think they simply got duped, didn't do enough research, etc. etc. Once those bottle prices started to approach the stratosphere, counterfeiting was assured.

 

I think we'll eventually (hopefully) see is all distilleries coming up with seals and labels and other identifying features which make their high end stock near impossible to fake. 

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The distillers will probably start verifying their bottles with NFTs.

 

And when this takes off, they'll start selling the NFTs without the bottles. Everybody wins! 

 

Who wants to buy my authentic digital Pappy?

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52 minutes ago, paulraphael said:

The distillers will probably start verifying their bottles with NFTs.

 

And when this takes off, they'll start selling the NFTs without the bottles. Everybody wins! 

 

Who wants to buy my authentic digital Pappy?

 

Hmmm...what have you been reading, @paulraphael?

 

How the NFT phenomenon works in the world of high-end spirits.

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It's interesting that when status for owning something is worth more the intrinsic value, fakes enter the market.   19th C wines; antiques (particularly collectables), art.    "Stuff" that is not meant to be consumed or used but simply owned for show or bragging rights.   

 

Fools are born every day.

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