The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009
The Scotch Whisky Regulations(2009/2890)represent a definitive statement on the definition and presentation of Scotch Whisky. The key provisions of the new law include:
- Five categories of Scotch Whisky are defined for the first time
- Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Single Grain Scotch Whisky
- Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
- Blended Grain Scotch Whisky
- Blended Scotch Whisky
- These compulsory category sales terms will be required to appear clearly and prominently on all labels.
- A requirement to only bottle Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Scotland.
- New rules to prevent the misleading labelling and marketing of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
- A ban on the use of the term „PureMalt”.
- A ban on the use of a distillery name as a brand name on any Scotch Whisky which has not been wholly distilled in the named distillery.
- Protection of five traditional whisky regions of production
- Lowland Speyside
- A requirement that Scotch Whisky must be wholly matured in Scotland.
- Clear rules on the use of age statements on packaging.