bali scam.possibly new
was in a bar and ordered a johnnie walker red but when i tasted it was not as i have had a few in my time and know what it tastes like
as we were in a bar where i knew one of the staff i told him and he was quite open about the fact that they produce the local scotch and put it in a johnnie walker bottle.
now you may like it(i didn't)but just be warned you will still be charged at the johnnie walker red price.
maybe this has been going on for ages but was definetly the first time i had encountered this.
My mother in law was doing this in her Oz pub 30 years ago, off to Payless to buy the no frills brands and decanting them into JW red and Bacardi bottles. She knew her customers and always kept a bottle of genuine Red Label on hand for the one or two who knew the difference. If, perchance, a knowing stranger or an uncharacteristically sober local picked the difference she would exclaim that the glass must have been previously been used for Ouzo and that the strong taste must have tainted the glass.
And further! When Courage Breweries opened in Melbourne my brother in law bought a truckload of their ales, feeling that it would inject a little variety into the drab lives of those who shared his community. Connoisseurs all, the local populace rejected this foreign brew as an abomination. Faced with ruin, Joe had but one choice. He put the Courage through the Carlton taps and no one ever noticed or complained.
So I'm not really surprised by this Balinese "scam". I think that it's probably been going on in much of the world for a long time. Three cheers for Balinese marketing enterprise! They've got to earn a quid too, so why shouldn't they emulate the success of western entrepreneurs.
But if they started refilling their Bintang bottles with Fosters, then I would be truly P***ed off.
And about Courage beer, if that John Courage beer, I thought it was great. John
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