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Cleaners dump thousands of litres of whiskey4th of March 2013
Thousands of litres of whiskey have been flushed down the drain at a bottling plant in Scotland when cleaning workers mistakenly thought it was waste water.
The mix-up happened at Chivas Brothers during the night shift while equipment was being cleaned. Instead of draining away waste water, the workers on duty somehow flushed out thousands of litres of bulk whisky.
The smell was so strong that sewage workers reported it.
Chivas Brothers said it was investigating an accidental release of spirit.
A statement said: "We are currently investigating an accidental loss at our Dumbarton site, where some spirit was released to the local water treatment plant.
"There has been no release of spirit to the River Leven or any other local water course. We have informed Scottish Water and all other relevant authorities."