CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
OF YOU WHO BOUGHT
Well done - you have funded the production by Speyside Distillery of a brand new 10 year old single malt. According to the "Whisky magazine', Speyside have realized a dream. After 20 years building the distillery the stills were fired in December 1990 and the Distillers are now proud to unveil this month The Speyside 10 year old Single Highland Malt.
The whisky hacks have already had a tasting. Michael Jackson reports that it has "Pronounced oily nuttiness - cream toffee cookies and caramel - one to watch." According to Dave Broom, "There's half-melted cream toffee, yellow fruit gums hay loft and an aroma like a freshly baked sponge cake".
Lets hope that it's a big success then maybe Speyside will be willing to buy back the thousands of casks they sold through Marshall Wineries and other fraudulent companies to fund this new whisky. At the very least they should send everyone a complimentary bottle to sample - time to phone up and request one since your probably paying to store their whisky which no one appears keen to buy other than at a give away price.
SHARE A CASK
The main problem for investors who did not pay the deposit for their whisky by credit card is what to do next. In many cases they are paying annual storage fees for an asset that has little or no value. Prices from whisky brokers are very poor. It is expensive to bottle and then what do you do with 275/300 bottles of single malt
An alternative is our "Share a cask scheme". We will arrange bottling of an investors hogshead and then share it among say 25 helpline members who will each receive 12 bottles of cask strength duty paid single malt labelled and ready to drink.
The first cask we are bottling is a 12 year old Bowmore from Islay - a superb malt from one of the great distilleries. The house style is smoky, peaty and salty with a bewitching aroma of honeysuckle.
The cost will be £210 for 12 bottles to include delivery.
Contact us now to reserve your bottles.
FROM THE SF0
Following successes against Hamilton/ Cavendish and the House of Delacroix the SF0 are gearing themselves up to take proceedings against the directors of for conspiracy to defraud contrary to Common Law. Expect the arrest of the star player
Many companies involved in the drinks scam will avoid prosecution because in the words of the SF0 they are too small to bother about and don't come within our criteria." Millennium, Ewart Mclaren and William Buchanan will consequently escape censure. Strange when you can still be imprisoned for stealing a tin of soup from Tesco or failing to pay a parking ticket.
Sources close to the SF0 also report that the directors of Napier Spirit Co. are not to be prosecuted. We will be demanding to know why. Napier was one of the larger companies and defrauded over 1100 people. Stephen Dunne, who ran the company was an undischarged bankrupt and operated behind his wife Alison Alma Dunne. The main players in this company were Stephen Cleeve who was the Company Secretary, Joe MeConville who was always introduced as a director but was'nt, David Haley who was designated as Chief Executive and James Gourlay.
Champagne lifestyLe of Blee Rosser and Dean
The "Independent" newspaper recently highlighted the flamboyant lifestyle of the whisky and champagne fraudsters. The three met while operating the Hamilton whisky fraud in Gibraltar, Dean escaping prosecution for this caper simply because he was a salesman with Hamilton rather than a director. According to the "Independent" while in Gibraltar Rosser bought a £50,000 Ferrari which he later changed for a Porsche 911 Turbo at double the price. He also bought a couple of apartments in Gibraltar for £210,000.
Dean used his money to set up "Helmsley" which traded originally from Brussels and Madeira and sold cognac in 50 litre plastic cans at vastly inflated prices as an investment. In 1999 after the closure of these offices he set up Helmsley (UK) Ltd from premises in Studley Warwickshire. He then wrote to investors advising them of the move, "I have been continually misrepresented and misinterpreted by a number of regulatory bodies and certain sections of the press. Even the unprecedented offer by Helmsley to assist clients of companies which are now closed (i.e. Hamilton and The House of Delacroix) in the future disposal of stocks in a clear honest and mutually beneficial manner, has failed to convince some quarters of our honesty and legitimacy." A jail sentence for fraud is not likely to help either.
Prior to his trial Dean telephoned me and threatened to sue me for articles in previous newsletters and his solicitors wrote to me cautioning me about future comments about their client. Following my telephone conversation with Dean I understand that Helmsley no longer sell cognac as an investment. Clients merely hold it for a number of years and then Helmsley will bottle and sell it through their retail and wholesale facilities. You will benefit from the profit generated. That is the theory. In practice according to independent wine experts the Helmsley Grande Champagne Cognac is vastly overpriced at between £90 and £545 a carafe.
Prior to his involvement with Hamilton Dean had a chequered career. His original name was Gregory Michael Violet but he changed it in 1990 to Craig Dean possibly because he had two convictions under his original name.In 1982 he received 150 hours of community service for obtaining by deception and two thefts. In 1987 in Richmond he was ordered to pay £646 in compensation with a 3 month suspended sentence for 10 charges of obtaining property by deception. Dean also used an alias,as did all of the directors of the House of Delacroix, his was Oliver Portman which was very appropriate considering his substantial girth.