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Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme technical guidance

Find out about producing or marketing spirit drinks with a protected Geographical Indication if you're a UK commercial distiller.

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Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme technical guidance: Scotch whisky verification

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Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme technical guidance on Irish whiskey, Irish cream and Irish poteen verification

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You must apply to HMRC for verification under the Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme if you manufacture a Geographical Indication spirit drink in the UK.

Published 1 October 2014
Last updated 5 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. The Irish Whiskey Technical File has been updated to include characteristics of Irish Whiskey compared to other whiskies.

  2. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme technical guidance has been updated.

  3. This attachments have been updated because the Brexit transition period has ended.

  4. The Irish whiskey, Irish cream and Irish poteen technical guidance has been updated to include a further check to the Scheme of Revenue Verification Checks covering the origin of ingredients used in Irish poteen.

  5. The Scotch Whisky technical guidance has been updated following amendments to the Scotch Whisky Technical File in June 2019.

  6. The Scotch Whisky technical guidance has been updated with changes to labelling and to clarify the movement of Scotch Whisky to food producers.

  7. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme technical guidance for Somerset Cider Brandy has been added to the page.

  8. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme Technical Guidance: Irish whiskey, Irish cream and Irish poteen verification attachment has been added to the page.

  9. First published.