Letter: Under the influence of brandy

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IN ORDER to be able to celebrate the Millennium, some time ago I reserved a bottle of 10-year-old cider brandy for release on 1 January, 2000. I do not intend to be deprived of this anticipated pleasure by Scotch would-be monopolists ("Ciderman raises fighting spirit", 3 December).

Why are the conglomerates which form the nucleus of the Scotch Whisky Association, some of which have close links with the main Spanish sherry and thus brandy producers, not pursuing those who use the word "brandy" in conjunction with a variety of fruits: cherry, apricot, peach and plum? It would seem that they cannot bear to see someone being successful outside their influence.

MRI Mortimer

Princes Risborough, Bucks

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