Don´t mention anything about a wee dram to a Scottish couple who claim that the “angel’s share” from a whisky bond has blighted their property have been given the go-ahead to take the case to court.
Thomas and Gail Chalmers claim that the vapour has caused damage to outdoor furniture and their house in Bonnybridge, near Falkirk.
The couple are suing drinks giant Diageo for £40,000.
The firm is contesting the legal action, claiming the property’s value is not adversely affected.
The “angel’s share” is the term given to the loss of whisky volume, into the wooden cask and through evaporation, as the spirit matures. Up to 2% can enter the atmosphere a year.
In the action, the couple, claim that the “nuisance” of the ethanol vapour has caused a black fungus on their home.
They say the fungus has also attacked wooden garden furniture, paving stones and damaged a sundeck.