4 Easy Guidelines To Spot Authentic Alcohol This Festive Season
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It's that time of year when everyone gets together to celebrate with their friends and family. People spend a lot of time and effort organising even the smallest elements of their get-togethers in order for the gatherings to be unforgettable. Now, booze is one of the most crucial factors to consider when planning a gathering because it is the period when the majority of counterfeit items are sold. They not only ruin the ambiance during such occasions, but they can also endanger everyone's lives. The catch is that most of these counterfeited bottles can pass as genuine because there are minute features that a normal person would not notice or those who do not know enough about the brand would overlook. As a result, here are a few things to consider when purchasing a bottle of liquor. Such inappropriate circumstances could be avoided with a little prudence and vigilance. Here are some fast techniques to ensure that the booze you're consuming is genuine and not a forgery.

1. The Packaging

Even if you buy from a reputable retailer, inspect the packing carefully. Counterfeiters frequently sell phoney booze in copycat packaging; while they can manufacture near reproductions of the packaging, they cannot perfect it. Examine the package for any damage, differences in the colours or size of the logo, smudged labels, spelling errors, manipulated expiry dates, and so on. Some counterfeit bottles, for example, spell Johnnie Walker with a 'y.'

2. Tax Stamps Of The Government

Except for Goa and Maharashtra, most Indian states use tax stamps as an anti-counterfeiting and anti-tampering strategy to safeguard consumers and income. To protect the legitimacy of the liquor bottle, these tax stamps integrate multiple overt (visible), covert (invisible), and forensic security mechanisms, as well as digital capabilities. When purchasing, please ensure that the appropriate tax stamp is present on the bottle and that there are no signs of tampering.

3. The Seal

Check that the bottle's seal is secure and that there are no signs of tampering. Feel around the bottle's neck to determine whether it feels sticky; this is an indicator that the bottle contains phoney, adulterated, or diluted liquor.

4. Shop With Caution

Always purchase liquor from authorised retail outlets. Do not put your trust in unlicensed stores or unlicensed individuals selling liquor. To make money, such establishments or individuals usually try to sell phoney or tainted booze.