Scotch Whisky Act 1988

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The Scotch Whisky Act 1988 (citation 1988 c.22) is an Act to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, passed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II on 28 June 1988, with the long title "An Act to make provision as to the definition of Scotch whisky and as to the production and sale of whisky; and for connected purposes.". It has since been superseded by the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 which came into effect on 23 November 2009.

The act first set out a definition for Scotch whisky - "whisky (distilled and matured in Scotland) as conforms to a definition of Scotch whisky contained in an order made under this subsection by the Ministers".[1]

It also makes it illegal to sell whisky as "Scotch whisky" if it does not conform to the definitions laid out in the Act, or sell whisky with an alcoholic strength of more than 94.8%.

The Act only applies to England, Scotland and Wales, and remains largely unamended in English law.


  1. ^ Uk Govt. (28 June 1988). "Statute Law UK". Crown Copyright. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 

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