Some people are paying thousands of dollars for vintage scotch. And scientists say a lot of it is fake. (Well, it’s real scotch … just faked to seem old.)
How can they tell? Easy. Scotch made after 1950 has more radioactive particles due to the proliferation of nuclear bomb testing.
“So far there have probably been more fakes among the samples we’ve tested than real examples of old whisky.”
The technique the scientists use is known as radiocarbon dating and is more commonly used by archaeologists to date ancient fragments of bone and wood.
So when you sit down with your Laphroaig 10 year, take a sip and enjoy the radioactive goodness!
Nuclear bomb tests help to identify fake whisky @ Telegraph UK