Have I been scammed?
Originally Posted by 1wired1
I didn't notice this when I bought the bottle, but under further inspection I found what looks like someone messed with the label right where the number was entered. Sorry I couldn't get a closer picture.
I have a copy of The Macallan, "THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BUYING VINTAGE MACALLAN"
. A few years ago a scam was uncovered concerning vintage Macallan. Upon comparing your label against the 1946 label in "the guide", your label is not close to the official label. For starters, your neck label is red and also torn exactly where the age statement should be. It appears the age was deliberately torn out of the label. The OFFICIAL
neck label is WHITE
, not RED
. Secondly, the OFFICIAL
bottling neck label reads, "MATURED ONLY IN SHERRY WOOD - YEARS 56 OLD"
being hand written.
bottle label does not have the bottle number on the label as yours shows. In fact the OFFICIAL
bottle label does not indicate the bottle number. The OFFICIAL
bottle label reads, "THE MACALLAN SINGLE HIGHLAND MALT SCOTCH WHISKY"
; next on the OFFICIAL
label is, "CASK No. 46/3 M"
followed by 1946
and then DISTILLED 1946 / BOTTLED 2002
. Continuing with the wording on the OFFICIAL
label, the label reads, OFFICIALLY BOTTLED BY HAND AT THE MACALLAN DISTILLERY - EASTER ELCHIES - CRAIGELLACHIE - SCOTLAND
; and lastly the OFFICIAL
label reads, "PRODUCE OF SCOTLAND - 44.3 % VOL ( ABV WRITTEN BY HAND ), 700ml or 750 ml ( ALSO WRITTEN BY HAND )".
There were 350 bottles of this vintage.
Your bottle is showing 40%ABV and 750ML printed, not handwritten, plus with the incorrect ABV. Also your label reads PRODUCT of Scotland
; the OFFICIAL label reads, PRODUCE of Scotland
. Your label is YELLOW
, the OFFICIAL
label is WHITE
I also consulted another guide and found your label but I suggest you still followup as the neck label looks suspicious as to the exact location of the tear and the poor condition of the bottle label.
If you phone Margaret Gray at the Macallan distillery, she can connect you with the correct person to talk to about your bottle.
I hope that I have helped.