The black market for fake alcohol in China has seen a huge surge in the past decade. It involves cheap alcohol sold in high end branded bottles, which is then passed off as that label.

But there may be a tidal change with the news that 'The Scotch Whisky Association' has won a court battle in China over intellectual property rights against Anhui Guangyu Packaging Technology Company.

This is the first time proceedings have been concluded against a Chinese distributor and it is hoped it will begin to stem the flow of counterfeiting in the Chinese market.