Irish whiskey is now protected under new EU legislation
Now if they can only clamp down on those pesky fake Irish bars abroad...
Drinks claiming to be Irish whiskey and other Irish alcoholic products must be certified Irish under new regulations put in place to protect the integrity of Irish spirits.
No more will you be buying O'Kelly's Irish Whiskey only to discover that the amber stuff had been brewed in South-East Yemen.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said that Irish whiskey, Irish cream and Irish poitín are now guaranteed as 'Geographical Indications' under European law.
Any beverage claiming to be Irish whiskey etc, must be produced in Ireland otherwise it will be in breach of European law.
Products such as The Pogues Irish whiskey will be safe under the new law as it's produced in Cork and it is good to see other Irish products being protected from cheap knock offs.
Hat-tip to the Irish Independent.