31 May 2012

Among the requirements listed in the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 are rules on how Scotch Whiskies must be labelled, packaged and advertised. The Regulations require Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be bottled in Scotland from November 2012.

The Association has prepared guidance on the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009  to help producers and retailers of Scotch Whisky and those designing labels, packaging and advertising comply with the Regulations. This guidance covers only the main provisions to the law. The Regulations should be referred to for the full details.

Scotch Whisky is also protected as a geographical indication (GI) in European law, namely, EC Regulation 110/2008. It sets out rules on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of a wide range of spirit drinks, including whisky.

The Legal Affairs Department is ready to assist with any questions.

Further Information

Contact: Legal Affairs Department,

Tel: 0131 222 9218

Fax: 0131 228 8971