Monday, June 18, 2012
From a sanitation standpoint, the bottles are used bottles that have not been properly sanitized and being resealed with glue. The stills themselves are not inspected as well as the rest of the facilities to see if they meet the required standards. All of these things can be a source of problems for anyone that is using these bootleg versions of the rum. There have been some reports of diarrhoea and other symptoms reported from the drinking of the bootleg rum, but the full effects from the ingestion of these rums is unclear at the is time.
Most of the current confiscated bottles are bearing the J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Label, and the company says that most of the customers who are purchasing this bootleg rum won't be able to tell the difference. This is because even some of the new security additions to the label are found on the counterfeit ones. The trail back to the people that are making the rum is very unclear, there have been several arrests of store owners that are selling the bootleg rum but getting back to the source has been sketchy. Major Hugh Blake , corporate risk manager of Lascelles Group who makes Wray & Nephew says the counterfeit trade has been dented in recent years leading to nearly 90% of the rum on the market being rum from legitimate producers.