Read This Before Splurging On That Rare Bottle Of Bourbon

While it's hard to deny that a tall glass of bourbon whiskey can be especially helpful if you've had a harrowing day, it's worth doing a bit of extra research to make sure you're getting a high-quality spirit that's worth its price.

But before we get into that, you might be wondering what sets bourbon apart from other liquors. As per Healthline, this type of whiskey is basically prepared using corn mash. It has at least 40% alcohol and is made exclusively in the U.S. Fascinating stuff, right?

If you're someone who is always on the lookout for rare bottles of bourbon, or something of high caliber, there is something that you need to remember before you make your next purchase. What you end up buying may not be genuine at all. You see, the oldest wine store in the country, Acker Wines has just been called out for trying to cheat its customers (via Vine Pair).

That expensive whiskey bottle you've been eyeing may not be genuine

As per the report by Vine Pair, Acker Wines has been called out in an investigation done by Inside Edition that revealed the shop was trying to get rid of a counterfeit bottle of bourbon. The cost of the bottle? Almost $1,000.

Someone from the investigative team asked for a bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain Bourbon. What they got was a fake product instead. The salesperson who sold them the bottle emphasized that it was a genuine product and described how difficult it was to source.

While he was correct about the bottle of bourbon being tough to find, the version at Acker Wines wasn't genuine. Buffalo Trace Distillery, the company behind the legitimate bourbon, says this spirit is prepared using high-quality grains "to create a flavor that is sweet with hints of caramel and vanilla, yet spicy with notes of clove and pepper." Inside Edition's team sent the bottle from Acker Wines to the distillery and it was able to confirm through tests that this was a fake product.

When asked about the scam, Buffalo Trace Distillery's owner Mark Brown said that they were taking this very seriously. "It needs to stop and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure it gets stopped," he told the outlet.