Hi, this SWA ruling comes off the back of the "Cardhu" confussing label scenario. It is a way of the distillers stopping crazy names being used in place of the actual whisky, ie Leapfrog etc etc. However the flip-side is that independant bottlers will infact state the distillery of origin, to which distillers may frown upon further.
Glenfarclas are very keen on their whisky being bottled only by themselves. It is not illegal for independant bottlers to bottle Glenfarclas however the legalities come with the trademark of the name. In future a Ballindalloch would have to state Glenfarclas on it and this i imagine would upset Mr Grant even further. In future such disitllers I imagine will put tighter selling controls on casks or stop selling 100% casks all together, instead selling a cask of 99% X and 1% Y so that the blender still gets his wanted style and the distiller can be rest assured that if that particular cask is bottled as a single malt in future the bottler can be in trouble.
Not sure who the winners or losers are on this, though I have thought for a long time that unfortunately the independant bottler will be squeezed out of the "big brand" market so far that everyone will be selling more brands such as Glendullan, Benrinnes, etc and less Ardbeg, Bowmore, Springbank, Macallan. Lets hope this is a long time away!!