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    Scotch and Scotland

    New Scottish regulations aimed at protecting Scotch whisky will come into force later this month. Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy announced the regulations, which will require single malts to be bottled in Scotland. At the same time, the Scottish government is also considering minimum pricing standards for all alcohol as a way to combat alcohol abuse, on the misguided theory that buyers of cheap alcohol are more prone to abusing it.

    How important is scotch to Scotland's economy? It represents fully 20% of all export income.

    Under the new rules, whiskies must carry a category description, such as "blended Scotch whisky." Use of the term "pure malt" will be banned, to prevent this description from being applied to blended whiskies in an attempt to make them appear superior to single malts.

    There will also be new protection for the traditional regional names associated with Scotch whisky, and clear rules on statements about the age of the whisky.

    The Scots want to get their own house in order before they take on India and other countries that make imitation scotch.
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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    One that I always had an issue which is formerly known "pure malt" or "vatted malt" is now "Blended Malt Scotch Whisky" which is insanely confusing. Maybe the'll fix it.

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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    At the same time, the Scottish government is also considering minimum pricing standards for all alcohol as a way to combat alcohol abuse, on the misguided theory that buyers of cheap alcohol are more prone to abusing it.
    Holy cow! There aren't already enough price props in place on scotch whisky as it is?
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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    I am surprised they can do anything without EU / Brussels approval first...

    On a similar matter
    http://inebrio.com/thescotchblog/?p=379

    "New EU Whisky Law

    Today (June 19th), The Scotch Whisky Association announced that the European Parliament voted and approved clearer EU rules on whisky production, which includes improved protection for Scotch Whisky..."

    It gets pretty muddy on what individual nations can and can't do over there....the relationship between Scotland and the UK and then the EU is pretty difficult to figure out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vange View Post
    One that I always had an issue which is formerly known "pure malt" or "vatted malt" is now "Blended Malt Scotch Whisky" which is insanely confusing. Maybe the'll fix it.
    I agree.

    It seems like the SWA had it in for vattings of all malt. Though I don't drink much Scotch, that just stuck in my craw. (JW Green is a favorite of mine)

    Calling a vatting of single malts "blended"---anything makes it sound like it is not an amalgam of "straight" whiskeys.
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    Vatted was (and still is) the correct term for what....80 years or so. If they want to educate the public then use what is already the correct term and teach them that. Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is a bastard term.
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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    Most commentators have raised that same objection. The scotch people aren't happy about it. They don't think the word "blend" should be associated with an all-malt product. Perhaps they should use "mariage."

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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    Will the minimum price thing affect U.S. pricing? Scotch costs enough here as it is.

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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    Will the minimum price thing affect U.S. pricing? Scotch costs enough here as it is.
    No. It's a retail pricing measure. No effect on exports.

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    Re: Scotch and Scotland

    [quote=Jono;185975]I am surprised they can do anything without EU / Brussels approval first...


    Well Jono,no doubt it will be a compromise as all other EU-crap we`re getting here .

    Eric.
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