The telegraph.co.uk reports that bottles of vintage whisky which are selling for thousands of pounds are in fact fakes consisting of little more than spirit which is but a few years old.
Now a high tech procedure is being used to measure the tiny amounts of radioactive carbon absorbed by the barley when it grew and this can show the actual age of the liquid in question.
The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit discovered that they can use the minute traces of radioactive particles used in nuclear bomb tests in the 50’s to assist them in the dating.
Since using this test, a number of whiskies getting high prices at auctions have been shown to be worthless fakes.
The Scottish Whisky Association’s representative David Williamson said “The collectors market has been growing and the SWA would strongly recommend any prospective buyer takes steps to satisfy themselves as to the product’s provenance.