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New tech to spot spurious whisky

LONDON: Alcohol lovers who often get cheated while buying whisky can now heave a sighof relief , as British Scientists have developed a new technology which they say could help detect whether the produce is genuine or fake .

The technique , developed by a team from the University of Leicester , relies on detecting the differences between the characteristics of light reflected from the liquid inside the bottle or its label .

A white light is shone through the liquid and the spectrometer analyses whether the signature matches that of the genuine article or not , the NewScientist reported . Theteam believethetechnologycould alsobe appliedto analyse liquids in airports .

Apart from taste , fake spirits can contain high levels of methanol , a chemical that can cause liver damage , blindness , coma , breathing difficulties andeven death .In 2009 itwas revealed radiocarbon-dating can also be used to spot fake spirits by discovering how much carbon-14 they contain .


albina N muro July 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM  

I was very fortunate to be sent a sample of this magnificent Bunnahabhain, a 23 Year Old single cask, single malt Scotch whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1989. Merlot

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