5 new legal definitions of Scotch Whisky Styles

These five new legal definitions of Scotch whisky style will become enforceable by law from 23rd November 2011.

The new definitions will be:

Blended Scotch Whisky: a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies.

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: a blend of two or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery. (previously known as Vatted Malt or Pure Malt Scotch Whisky)

Blended Grain Scotch Whisky: a blend of two or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies that have been distilled at more than one distillery. (previously known as Vatted Grain Scotch Whisky)

Single Malt Scotch Whisky: a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled in pot stills in one or more batches at a single distillery from water and malted barley, without the addition of any other cereals.

Single Grain Scotch Whisky: a Scotch Whisky that has been distilled at a single distillery except Single Malt Scotch Whisky or a Blended Scotch Whisky.

The wisdom, or otherwise of this change in laws is something that will and has been debated for some time.  Let’s just say that there are many different views.

I know Compass Box are planning something very special. Details about this over the weekend.

UK Government Website below:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/2890/introduction/made

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