irishwhiskeychaser wrote:Up to 1926 there was an Immature spirits act stated that spirits (Whiskey) had to be "at least five years"
However the 1926 Immature spirits act revised this down to "at least three years"
I think this is backwards. The maturation requirement was increased to 5 years in 1926 by the new state at the behest of the distillers. It was dumb protectionism intended to keep cheap Scotch blends with 3 year old grain whiskey in them out of Ireland.
They shot themselves in the foot, however, because American law allowed (after prohibition) spirit to be sold as whiskey as long as it could be sold under that description in its country of origin. That meant the Scots could supply 3yo whiskey whereas the Irish distillers had to compete with more expensive 5yo.
The maturation requirement wasn't changed back to 3 years until 1969.