MacDeffe wrote:An excuse could be that geographically Speyside is located in the Highlands...
Pete Smoke wrote:A well written article by Tim.
Peat Sampras wrote:Pete Smoke wrote:A well written article by Tim.
Indeed. I think the reason some distilleries prefer to have Highland on the label rather than Speyside might be that an uneducated punter might associate Highland with something he remotely can relate to whereas Speyside just means strictly nothing to him.
Guidance para 8.1 wrote:It has long been customary to sell Single Malt Scotch Whiskies accompanied by a locality or regional geographical name to indicate where they were distilled. In order to protect and promote these names, the SWR define the five major traditional locality and regional geographical indications, which are “Highland”, “Lowland”, “Speyside”, “Islay” and “Campbeltown”.
Guidance para 8.3(2) wrote:Speyside falls within the borders of the Highland region and therefore Scotch Whiskies distilled in the Speyside area may either be described as “Highland” or as “Speyside”.
Guidance para 8.3(3) wrote:it is illegal to use a locality or regional geographical name in relation to a Scotch Whisky which has not been distilled in the locality or region in question.
Regulation 10 (5) & (6) Locality and region geographical indications wrote:The protected localities are—
(a) “Campbeltown”, comprising the South Kintyre ward of the Argyll and Bute Council as that ward is constituted in the Argyll and Bute (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006(a);
(b) “Islay”, comprising the Isle of Islay in Argyll.
(6) The protected regions are—
(a) “Highland”, comprising that part of Scotland that is north of the line dividing the Highland region from the Lowland region;
(b) “Lowland”, comprising that part of Scotland that is south of the line dividing the Highland region from the Lowland region; and
(c) “Speyside”, comprising—
(i) the wards of Buckie, Elgin City North, Elgin City South, Fochabers Lhanbryde, Forres, Heldon and Laich, Keith and Cullen and Speyside Glenlivet of the Moray Council as those wards are constituted in the Moray (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006(b); and
(ii) the Badenoch and Strathspey ward of the Highland Council as that ward is constituted in the Highland (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006(c).
bpbleus wrote:I appreciate Tim's honesty and humility.
It's true that Heavy Metal whiskies tend to get all the attention, but a song doesn't need to be loud to be beautiful. All distilleries have stupendous casks in their warehouses. Some of them are just not in the habit to bottle them in a recognizable way.
Willie JJ wrote:I guess retailers' marketing via websites is not subject to the labelling restrictions of the SWA, but there's no point in berating distillers for getting it wrong when they have clearly complied with the regulations and accompanying guidance.
Willie JJ wrote:c) The erroneous assumption that because a distillery lies within the bounds of Speyside it must be a Speyside malt.
John Barleycorn wrote:Even Speyside doesn’t consider itself as Speyside!
Mr Tattie Heid wrote:Willie JJ wrote:c) The erroneous assumption that because a distillery lies within the bounds of Speyside it must be a Speyside malt.
Okay, I'll bite. If a distillery lies within the bounds of Speyside, how can it not be a Speyside malt, regardless of what they choose to print on the label?
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