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Whisky with your wax? South Africa rides ‘metrosexual’ wave

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Before male beauty parlors began popping up in South Africa a few years ago, image-conscious men like Gerhard Joubert felt awkward being pampered and preened in salons filled with women. FILE PHOTO: FIA worker gestures as he grooms a client at the Bespoken Man, a full-service gentleman’s barber shop in Sandton, South Africa, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko “It’s a male environment. They give you a whisky if you want a whisky. In the old days we had to go to female hair salons,” said Joubert, reclining…

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Whisky sour? Rare or fake Scotch exposed by carbon-dating

FILE PHOTO: A man holds a glass of whisky in the Scottish Highlands, Britain, May 16, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A large number of rare and collectable whiskies, sometimes sold for hundreds of thousand of pounds, are likely to be fake, researchers have found. Investigators from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre used carbon-dating to sample 55 bottles of Scotch bought through the secondary market, discovering that 21 were outright fakes or not distilled in the year declared, Rare Whisky 101, which commissioned the study, said. The sale…

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Glen where? EU court questions German’s whisky branding

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – A German distiller selling a whisky called “Glen Buchenbach” may be infringing Scotland’s rights on its national drink even though he makes clear he produces it in Germany, the EU’s top court ruled on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – Single malt whisky is seen in Edinburgh, Scotland May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett The European Court of Justice took no final view, referring a complaint from the Scotch Whisky Association back to German judges to make a ruling. But in answering the Hamburg court’s query, it offered guidance to…

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