More Details on the New Proposed Scotch Categories

John Lamond on the Scotch Whisky Network summarizes the proposed changes for geographical designations and categories. The U.K. liquor board, or DEFRA, is supposed to come out with the new designations in September, following months of debate and controversy, particularly over the proposed new category of “blended malt.”

Are you all aware that the laws are to change?
We will shortly have written into statute the geographical delineation of Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Islay. They may even (but it is unlikely) break Highland up further into Northern Highland, Western Highland, Eastern Highland and Perthshire. There will also be a statutory categorisation of Blended Whisky, Single Malt Whisky, Blended Malt Whisky, Single Grain Whisky and Blended Grain Whisky. See attached or go to It’s too late to do anything about it now, but you can see what has been proposed by the SWA. The consultations dragged on into June and there was a LOT of dispute about whether they would or wouldn’t allow Blended Malt Whisky. I don’t, at this stage know what the outcome is, but Defra are due to come out with a white paper in September.


~ by whisky1 on August 31, 2008.

One Response to “More Details on the New Proposed Scotch Categories”

  1. […] This will probably raise a new howl of protest from some who see the SWA as a tool of giant multinationals like Diageo hellbent on keeping new small competitors out of the market at all costs. The charges might well include hypocrisy, as the SWA has recently pressed for and won changes in labeling rules for vatted single malts that coul…. […]

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