No it makes no difference to me anyway as I will still enjoy 2 of me favourite drams. However this is what really bugs me about IDL and their mentality. Firstly everything they do is so secretive. Secondly they really don't seem to care about public preception except theri main golden gooose that is Jameson NAS. If what Marroned says is true it's not me it may affect but possible future aficionado's of pot still (can't call it pure anymore can we
) I always though that Pure Pot Still had a legal reference. It did 1950 Irish Whiskey Act. I re-read the Irish Whiskey act and observed something interesting which I had not noticed before and that was the repeal of the 1950 act by the 1980 act. I had always thought the 1980 Act was an addendum.
Irish Whiskey Act of 1950
states... (which is now repealed)
1.—For the purpose of subsection (9) of section 105 of the Spirits Act, 1880 (which relates to the accuracy of the description of spirits in a permit or certificate)—
( a ) spirits described as Irish Whiskey shall not be deemed to correspond to that description unless they have been obtained by distillation in the State from a mash of malt and cereals, and
( b ) spirits described as Irish Pot Still Whiskey shall not be deemed to correspond to that description unless they have been obtained by distillation solely in pot stills in the State from a mash of cereal grains such as are ordinarily grown in the State saccharified by the diastase of malted barley.
So there was a clear definition then...
Irish Whiskey Act 1980
is more loosely worded...
1.—(1) For the purposes of any statute or instrument made under statute spirits described as Irish whiskey shall not be regarded as corresponding to that description unless the requirements regarding spirits contained in subsection (3) of this section are complied with as regards the spirits.
(2) For any of the purposes mentioned in subsection (1) of this section spirits described as blended Irish whiskey shall not he regarded as corresponding to that description unless—
( a ) the spirits comprise a blend of two or more distillates, and
( b ) the requirements regarding spirits contained in subsection (3) of this section are complied with as regards each of the distillates.
(3) The following are the requirements referred to in subsections (1) and (2) of this section regarding spirits;
( a ) the spirits shall have been distilled in the State or in Northern Ireland from a mash of cereals which has been—
(i) saccharified by the diastase of malt contained therein, with or without other natural diastases,
(ii) fermented by the action of yeast, and
(iii) distilled at an alcoholic strength of less than 94.8% by volume in such a way that the distillate has an aroma and flavour derived from the materials used,
( b ) the spirits shall have been matured in wooden casks—
(i) in warehouse in the State for a period of not less than three years, or
(ii) in warehouse in Northern Ireland for such a period, or
(iii) in warehouse in the State and in Northern Ireland for periods the aggregate of which is not less than three years.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (3) of this section the alcoholic strength at which spirits are distilled shall be ascertained in the same manner as that in which such ascertainment is for the time being arrived at for the purposes of customs and excise.
Therefore there is now no legal definition of Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey. This is a very sad scenario for something that is so Irish.