As Counterfeit Whisky Grows, a New Service Promises to Authenticate Your Bottle's Age

Sales of collectable bottles of single malt Scotch reached $76.6 million in 2018, and up to 40 percent of those may have been fakes, according to SUERC.

The small sample of the liquid will be removed through the cork and analyzed using carbon dating that can detect its age within a couple of years.

That information is then connected to the blockchain creating a digital record that certifies the whisky’s age and provenance.

“This research has been carried out in response to a growing interest in these whiskies that, if genuine, can be worth tens of thousands of pounds per bottle, which may encourage fraudsters to attempt to fake the more expensive brands,” Gordon Cook, head of the SUERC Radiocarbon Laboratory, told the publication.

“We’re proud that we are now able to provide the first and only fully secure whisky age verification service in the world with the support of Everledger.”

At the very least, it’ll give you a little more peace of mind the next time you’re thinking about dropping a couple hundred thousand dollars (or more) on 50-year-old whisky.

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