Irish whiskey protected

Irish whiskey protected

GI approved for Irish whiskey

News | 26 Apr 2019 | Issue 159 | By Rob Allanson

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The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish Whiskey’s Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved.

Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, member states were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February 2015. These technical files outline the production methods, ingredients and links with the geographical area in question. The Irish whiskey industry worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to submit the Irish whiskey technical file in 2014.

The technical file defined the distinctive types of Irish whiskey, malt Irish whiskey, pot still Irish whiskey, grain Irish whiskey and blended Irish whiskey for the first time and set out their unique production methods.

Carleen Madigan, legal advisor to the IWA said: “This is momentous achievement for the Irish whiskey industry and ensures that the traditions and high standards of the Irish whiskey category will be protected in the EU and globally in markets with which the EU has a trade agreement. As sales of Irish whiskey continue to boom globally, we have seen a trebling in the complaints to the Association regarding fake Irish whiskey around the world. The Geographic Indication provides the strongest possible protection against these infringements and gives us the basis for enforcement action against misleading products.”

The announcement also confirms GI protection for Irish cream (Liqueur) and Irish Poitín.
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