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20 January 2022

Decision over Glen Buchenbach upheld by appeal court

Alan Park
The SWA has won the legal case against the use of 'Glen' in Germany.

Alan Park, SWA Director of Legal Affairs, said:

"The SWA has consistently taken action in our global markets to prevent the use of Scottish indications of origin on whisky which is not Scotch Whisky. This is vital to protecting Scotland's national drink and is a deterrent to those who seek to take advantage of the quality reputation of Scotch Whisky and potentially mislead consumers.

“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.

“We are pleased with the ruling that the use of Glen on a German whisky is both misleading and evocative of Scotch Whisky.”