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United Kingdom: Jump in Start-Up Distillers Shows UK Thirst for Boutique Booze

Tests revealed that the spirits recovered from Weymoor Post Office contained high levels of methane.

 

Thirty-eight bottles of dodgy booze have been seized – from a Post Office.

 

Trading standards found counterfeit bottles of Glens vodka, Russian Standard vodka, Bells whisky and High Commissioner whisky in the Weymoor Post Office in Harborn
Tests revealed that the spirits contained high levels of methane and were unsafe.

 

Officers were tipped off by an anonymous letter which said vodka bought there “didn’t taste right”.

 

The UK duty stamps on the bottles were either fakes or had been tampered.

 

Drinks Direct, in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, was also found to be selling dodgy alcohol containing industrial-grade solvents. Forty-three illicit bottles were seized.

 

Coun Barbara Dring, chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “People who bought any of these spirits were potentially put at risk as a result of the retailers buying unrealistically cheap stock.”

 

Both shops had their licences to sell alcohol revoked indefinitely by the council this week.

Source: Birmingham Mail