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
    • Highland
    • Lowland Speyside
    • Islay
    • Campbeltown
  • A requirement that Scotch Whisky must be wholly matured in Scotland.
  • Clear rules on the use of age statements on packaging.
The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009

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