The SWA claims that Reynald & Sons was falsely advertising non-Scotch whisky

The SWA claims that Reynald & Sons was falsely advertising non-Scotch whisky

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has utilised the legal process opened up by 2009's Scotch Whisky Regulations for the first time, against Scotch producer Reynald & Sons.

The trade body said earlier today (5 May) that the company and its sole director, Reynald Grattagliano, have subsequently undertaken not to “engage in activities that might pass off a spirit as Scotch Whisky when it is not”.

The move by the company follows an SWA action in the Scottish Court of Session.

The SWA had moved to prevent the company selling or advertising spirits in a way that falsely suggests that they are Scotch Whisky. This followed Reynald & Sons' advertising of 14 brands, including Golden Dollar, Sir Edwins, and Paddington, each bearing the name 'Scottish Spirits', in a manner that suggested the products were Scotch whisky. The SWA subsequently found that the spirits were manufactured in Panama and consisted of unaged neutral alcohol and flavourings, and were bottled by a company based in Panama, called Scottish Spirits.

When contacted by just-drinks today, Graham Craik, a partner at Reynald and Sons' solicitors, McClure Naismith LLP, said that the situation arose due to a link on the firm's website to “certain products sold by the Panamanian company which is owned and operated by friends and former colleagues of Mr Grattagliano”.

“Our clients are not connected with the Panamanian company other than on a friendly basis,” Craik said, adding that the company “voluntarily removed the link” to the Panamanian products from the website, after proceedings were raised by the SWA.

“There was no intention to sell whisky produced outside Scotland,” Craik added.