Telling Real Whiskey from Fake, Faster

Methods for distinguishing between authentic and counterfeit Scotch whisky brands have been devised by scientists at Strathclyde. Researchers from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry have found new ways to compare the content of whisky samples to determine if they are the whisky on the label or an imitation brand.

A series of blind tests successfully put the real whisky brand and the fakes in the right categories. The system could enhance the technology industry uses to tackle the trade in illicit whisky, which costs huge sums in lost revenue and threatens brand reputation.

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