Distilled Spirits Aotearoa has announced the New Zealand Whisky Regulations agreed earlier this month were unanimously and formally accepted into the DSA regulations on February 23, 2021. 

Whisky is one of the most-regulated spirits categories in the world and the DSA says creating unique regulations for New Zealand whisky creates the opportunity to encourage quality, increase consumer awareness and expectation and increase the value of New Zealand whisky as a category on the world stage.

The regulations have been under development and discussion with New Zealand whisky distillers for more than two years and were finalised, by consensus, after collaborative and robust discussions with 19 whisky producing members of the DSA.

“The aim of these regulations is to protect, promote and grow our industry, to ensure that New Zealand is recognised as a premium, quality producing country, whilst allowing for the creativity which defines us,” says the DSA in a statement.

An associated NZ Whisky sub-committee will now continue the work, under the DSA, of legislation and communication to help provide ongoing guidance and education to the broader distilled spirits and consumers community and further the awareness of the New Zealand Whisky category. 

For the full list of guidelines and definitions, click here.

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