Verification of Scotch Whisky - Briefing Note
10 Jan 2014
Of all spirit drinks sold under a GI, Scotch Whisky is probably
the best known worldwide, with the largest sales.
The verification regime demonstrates to the world that the GI is
underpinned by authenticity controls at every stage and means that
both consumers and authorities worldwide can be confident that
"Scotch Whisky" is the genuine article. This is a pre-requisite of
the protection that comes with the status of a registered GI, and
will ensure that Scotch Whisky is afforded the same protection as
competing GIs such as Cognac or Tequila.
The verification regime will greatly improve the industry's
ability to identify and prosecute adulterated 'Scotch Whiskies'
worldwide and the Association believes it will be a step change in
the protection afforded to Scotch Whisky, which should be warmly