I contacted the online retailer and asked if this bottle could possibly be imitation, and they said no, because they had sourced it from a licensed Moet Hennesey Diageo wholesaler, it was most definitely the real McCoy.
The packaging is somewhat different than it was two years ago when I previously bought my previous bottle of Lagavulin 16, but it's not uncommon for companies to change packaging. I scoured the internet for information about imitation whiskies, but the general focus is on imitations of REALLY rare and expensive products rather than the price point at which Lagavulin 16 is sold.
Can anyone point me any advice on how to confirm whether this is an imitation. The Whisky Live Tokyo is being held in a couple of weeks, could I take it to a Diageo sales rep and ask him to sample it for me, or is that a bad idea? What other possible recourse might I have?
Thanks in advance
JapanGuy wrote: The Whisky Live Tokyo is being held in a couple of weeks, could I take it to a Diageo sales rep and ask him to sample it for me, or is that a bad idea?
I think that is a good idea, if you don't mind carrying it around. If the bottle is tainted or corked (it does happen on rare occasions) the rep may be able to advise.
If you want to try finding a rep at WhiskyLive, just put some of the whisky in a mini bottle that fits in your coat pocket, and carry a good photo to show him the label. Of course, me may decline to taste your pocketed whisky, but it's worth a try. Or e-mail the photo to a Diageo rep in the country.
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