Right Blend For Scotch As New Whisky Law Comes Into Force
23 Nov 2009
The far-reaching new rules provide robust legal protection for
Scotch Whisky from imitations, whilst ensuring consumers receive
clear and consistent information on bottle labels. Introduced by
the UK Government, the Regulations reinforce the integrity of
Scotch and will support the future growth of Scotland's largest
A new requirement to only bottle Single Malts in Scotland,
tighter rules on the use of distillery names on bottle labels, and
better protection of traditional regional names such as 'Highland'
and 'Lowland', are among the measures introduced. Consistent
labelling terms and rules will ensure consumers receive clear
information about what they are buying.
The industry plans to use the Regulations as an opportunity to
promote and grow understanding of the different categories of
Scotch Whisky around the world.
Paul Walsh, Chairman of The Scotch Whisky Association, welcomed
the new law:
"Protection and promotion of Scotch Whisky is at the heart of
the new UK Regulations, which are in the best interests of whisky
consumers, distillers, and the wider economy.
"Working with the UK Government and officials in Scotland, these
Regulations are a major step forward and form the definitive
statement of the rules on making, bottling, and labelling Scotch
Whisky. The new rules have been welcomed across the industry,
benefiting small and large distillers alike, and supporting the
growth of both Single and Blended whiskies.
"Consumers around the world are passionate about Scotch Whisky.
They recognise brands of the highest quality, which have built up a
reputation that is second to none. This landmark legislation will
help us to ensure they always receive the genuine article and help
us to explain better to consumers why Scotch Whisky is so