Top 10 banned spirits

19th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Whale skin Scotch whisky

Whale-skin-cocktailPopular London bar Nightjar got into a spot of hot water in 2012 when it was found to be serving a cocktail containing whale skin-infused Scotch whisky.

Police raided the venue following a tip-off as under EU law it is illegal to hunt or trade cetaceans such as whales or dolphins, forcing the bar to swiftly pull the cocktail – called the Moby Dick – and issue an apology.

The bar claims the 5cm strip of skin was purchased by an employee while on a trip to Japan in autumn 2011, and placed in a bottle that was topped up with whisky over the course of the year.

One Response to “Top 10 banned spirits”

  1. lydia says:

    Ah, absinthe is still banned in Belarus. It is not prohibited to bring a bottle or two for yourself from abroad, however it is not soled neither on-trade or off-trade.

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