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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2015 @ 6:02pm

    Marketing Liquor

    There are actually some pear brandies that are bottled in bottles that have false bottoms where a whole fully grown pear is inserted in the bottle, which is then sealed at the bottom, and then filled with the brandy. This was pointed out to me once when I had what I thought was the real thing, and the bottom was shown to have been sealed. The ones where the bottle is hung from the tree tend to have a slight thicker neck (wider opening at the top), at least some of the time.

    On the question of ageing scotch, and other whiskeys, it depends greatly on what country it is marketed in, and what the local labeling laws entail. For example, a blended scotch in the US only has to be 95% the age that the label claims. If the word blended does not appear on the label, then the contents must be 100% what the label claims. The act of blending allows the maker to create a consistent product year after year whereas a non blended scotch may have some differences, though small, from year to year. There is also the aspect that the only un-blended scotches come from Scotland, and if it doesn't come from Scotland and is un-blended, then it should be called something other than un-blended scotch. Point is, read your labels.

    Then of course, I have had some scotches that were aged in old port barrels, which gave them a unique and interesting both sweet and savory aspect. Glenmornagie if I remember and spell it correctly.

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