Protecting Scotch Whisky
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We disagree.
The popularity of Scotch Whisky means that there are many people who want to take advantage of that by selling fake Scotch or trading unfairly on its reputation. Imitations threaten the integrity of Scotch Whisky and the reputation it has built up over many years. It also undermines consumer confidence in genuine Scotch Whisky.
Legal Protection in the UK
Protecting Scotch Whisky from unfair competition is therefore one of our top priorities. Strong legal protection forms the solid foundation on which the industry’s success is built.
Protecting Scotch Whisky outside the UK
As a registered "Geographical Indication" (GI) in many overseas markets including the EU, Scotch Whisky is protected from misuse, imitation, evocation and any other practice liable to mislead consumers.
There are many ways to take unfair advantage of the reputation of Scotch Whisky and the SWA will take action to prevent the sale of misleadingly labelled products. Some examples are set out below.
Help us protect Scotch Whisky
Take a look a our guide on how to spot fake Scotch Whisky, and how to report it to the SWA Legal team
Q&A: Scotch Whisky Technical File
The legal requirements for Scotch Whisky have been be amended to broaden the casks allowed for maturation. Here we answer your questions.
news & commentary
SWA Legal Team Toasts WTR Awards Success as Best Not-for-Profit Organisation
The Scotch Whisky Association's Legal Affairs team has won its third World Trademark Review award in five years.
Joint statement with Macaloney Brewer & Distillers Ltd
A joint statement with Macaloney Brewer & Distillers Ltd
Decision over Glen Buchenbach upheld by appeal court
The SWA has won the legal case against the use of 'Glen' in Germany.
Scotch Whisky is registered as a GI in Laos
Scotch Whisky has officially been registered as a Geographical Indication in Laos
Scotch Whisky Association and Virginia Distillery Company reach resolution on whisky labelling case
The SWA and Virginia Distillery Company have reached a resolution on the labelling of products as 'Highland' whisky.
Scotch Whisky Technical File Amended
Following a public consultation, the amendment to the Scotch Whisky Technical File gives specific guidance on the range of casks which can be used to mature or finish Scotch Whisky.
SWA legal team wins 'Team of the Year' award
The SWA has been recognised for its work to protect Scotch Whisky at an awards ceremony in Boston.
SWA Comments on Glen Buchenbach case
Our case against Glen Buchenbach presented clear and compelling evidence to the court that 'Glen' is strongly associated with Scotland and Scotch Whisky, and the only reason to use 'Glen' for a German whisky is because of its undoubted association with Scotch Whisky.
SWA secures GI protection for Scotch Whisky in Indonesia
Scotland's national drink has secured enhanced legal protection in Indonesia after the Scotch Whisky Association's application to register "Scotch Whisky" as a Geographical Indication (GI) was successful.
Thinking of investing in Scotch Whisky?
The SWA has produced guidance for consumers of what to consider when investing in a cask of Scotch Whisky.
Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009: Guidance for Producers and Bottlers
The following guidance is aimed at assisting those producing and selling Scotch Whisky, and those designing labels, packaging and advertising, to comply with the 2009 Scotch Whisky Regulations.