Around 40 per cent of vintage whisky bottles are fake – but now the Verifier app and an artificial tongue can date an old Laphroaig, Talisker or Ardbeg single malt accurately

Around 40 per cent of vintage whisky bottles are fake – but now the Verifier app and an artificial tongue can date an old Laphroaig, Talisker or Ardbeg single malt accurately
In his lab at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow, Dr Gordon Cook radiocarbon-dates archaeological treasures and forensic remains. But he is also increasingly being called upon to test the authenticity of whisky.His results are enough to drive any collector to drink: a Laphroaig in a bottle labelled 1903 was probably distilled around 2011; a Talisker supposedly distilled in 1863 was bottled between 2007 and 2014; and a 1964 Ardbeg actually dated back only to 1995…

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