Former owners of Cutty Sark, Berry Bros. & Rudd, who opened their doors over 310 years ago this week announced that following the revelation that a couple of questionable bottles of whisky purporting to have been bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd in the 1970s have recently been offered for sale, Simon Berry, Chairman of Berry Bros. & Rudd, has announced his intention to remove any fakes from circulation:
“Having seen the damage wrought in fine wine circles by a few unscrupulous individuals, some of whom are now facing criminal proceedings, I am adamant that we will do what we can to prevent a similar situation arising in the world of single malt whisky. We cannot purport to be experts in all whisky forgeries but we can be certain when it comes to our own Berry Bros.’ bottlings.”
Apparently coming from an Italian source, one bottle was advertised as a single malt from the 1930s, the other from the 1940s. An examination of the bottles, cross-checked against the extensive Berry Bros. & Rudd archive, quickly established that neither bottle was genuine. The bottles were subsequently withdrawn from sale.
The Company believes this is an isolated incident but, should you have any doubts regarding a bottle of Berry Bros. & Rudd whisky you own, please contact Douglas McIvor, Spirits Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug will be able to check if the bottle is genuine, and provide a certificate of authenticity. However, should the bottle be a fake, Berry Bros. & Rudd will destroy it.