I took an unopened new bottle round to his house to compare tastes and was surprised at the differences. His "suspect" bottle had a ghastly stale beer / old brewery type smell, both from the uncorked bottle and also from a poured glass.
I tried a sip which tasted really rough and also much stronger than 40% (similar to 90% Polish Spirit!!)
The bottle was bought from a major UK supermarket chain, so we ruled out the possibility of dirty chinese fakes, etc. Also, the seal was intact
Has anybody else had a similar experience?
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