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UK Schemes Fake Scotch Whisky

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It may or may not have been a big problem – the existence of fake Scotch whisky – but the UK is determined to nip any fake stills in the bud with the recent approval of the Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme and identification of Scotch whisky as the first spirit to be given protection under the legislation. In the scheme, all Scotch whisky claiming to be Scotch whisky whether they be from producers, blenders, bottlers, labelers or importers, will need to be verified by the UK’s Revenue and Customs board if they want to sell their spirits in the European Union countries.

While Scotch whisky is the first spirit to be afforded this protection, Irish whiskey is slated for similar protection measures in the near future.

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