The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 (SWR) came into force on 23 November 2009*. They replaced the Scotch Whisky Act 1988 and the Scotch Whisky Order 1990.
Whereas the previous legislation had only governed the way in which Scotch Whisky must be produced, the SWR also set out rules on how Scotch Whiskies must be labelled, packaged and advertised, as well as requiring Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be bottled in Scotland from 2012.
The Basic Information:
The Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 define Scotch Whisky in UK law. Under the legislation, Scotch Whisky means whisky:
(a) which has been produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added) all of which have been:
- processed at that distillery into a mash;
- converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems; and
- fermented at that distillery only by the addition of yeast;
(b) which has been distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8% so that the distillate has an aroma and taste derived from the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production;
(c) which has been wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres, the period of that maturation being not less than three years;
(d) which retains the colour, aroma and taste derived from the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production and maturation, and to which no substance other than water and plain caramel colouring may be added.
9.—(1) The name of a distillery mentioned in Schedule 1 must not be used as a brand name, or as part of a brand name of a Scotch Whisky, or be used in a similar fashion in terms of its positioning or prominence, unless the whisky has been wholly distilled at that distillery.
|Aberlour||Glen Moray (also known as Glen Moray-Glenlivet)|
|Abhainn Dearg (also known as Red River)||Glen Ord|
|Allt a’ Bhainne||Glen Scotia|
|Balmenach||Isle of Arran|
|Balvenie||Isle of Jura|
|Dufftown (also known as Dufftown-Glenlivet)||Royal Lochnagar|
|Glen Garioch||The Glenlivet|