(or SO LONG VATTED)
The Scotch Whisky Association Council has endorsed the recommendations of a working group set up to review and propose appropriate definitions for the following categories within the Scotch Whisky market (note: Scotch Whisky is already defined within The Scotch Whisky Acts and orders):
SINGLE MALT Scotch Whisky
SINGLE GRAIN Scotch Whisky
BLENDED Scotch Whisky
BLENDED MALT Scotch Whisky
BLENDED GRAIN Scotch Whisky
It was also agreed that a distillery name should not be used on any Scotch Whisky which has not been wholly distilled in the named distillery.
These will be subject to wider consultation across the Scotch Whisky industry and with other interested parties. For the present, discussions are continuing on the labelling of the new category descriptions. Once agreed, and following wider consultation, the SWA will seek amendments to existing legislation to enshrine the definitions and labelling rules in law.
We believe the definitions will help inform consumers, as well as give added protection to the Scotch Whisky categories.