Australian drinks firm ordered to stop selling fake Scotch

The Scotch Whisky Association wins court battle in Melbourne over trademark breach.

Scotch can only be distilled in Scotland. <strong>Pixabay</strong>
Scotch can only be distilled in Scotland. Pixabay

Whisky watchdogs have won a court battle against an Australian drinks manufacturer which claimed its locally brewed product was Scotch.

D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd has been ordered to stop marketing a product called The Black Scot Scotch Whisky, which was distilled down under.

A 700ml bottle of the spirit was being sold for 26.99 Australian Dollars (£14.02), alongside two other drinks the firm claimed was ‘Scotch Whisky’.

That breached strict international trademarks which dictate that drinks can only be marketed as ‘Scotch’ if distilled in Scotland.

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Now, after taking legal action at the Federal Court in Melbourne, the Scotch Whisky Association has forced D’Aquino Bros to stop describing its product as ‘Scotch Whisky’.

A Scotch Whisky Association spokesman said: “Having achieved what it set out to do, the Scotch Whisky Association is pleased that its long-running action has been brought to an end.

“The three brands of fake Scotch Whisky which formed the basis for its claims are no longer being bottled or distributed.”


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