- The UK government plans to put pressure on Russian manufacturers for selling “Scotch whisky” that wasn’t produced in Scotland.
- Scotch whiskey is registered as a geographic indication throughout large portions of the world, but not yet Russia. The UK is hoping to rely on the World Trade Organization to protect the brand.
- Scotch sales account for £4.3 billion a year. £23 million in Scotch exports went to Russia last year.
From the article:
... The UK government is to challenge the Russian authorities over cheap whisky being sold in Russia as Scotch whisky. ...