The Scotch Whisky Association has broadly welcomed today's (16 May) purchase of Whyte & Mackay by India's UB Group.

The association said that the acquisition, announced earlier today, highlights the "global appeal" of Scotch, and that "international confidence in the Scotch whisky industry's future prospects is strong".

A spokesperson for the SWA said: "We look forward to working closely with Whyte & Mackay's new owners on matters of mutual interest to protect and promote Scotch whisky in India and other international markets to the benefit of all Scotch whisky distillers."

When contacted by just-drinks, the spokesperson highlighted the tariff and tax regimes in India as areas of mutual interest which the organisation hopes to cover with UB. The association is also looking forward to discussing SWA membership with the company in the future, the spokesperson added.

The SWA has campaigned heavily in the past over what it feels are excessive import tariffs for spirits in India. A bottle of imported Scotch in India can be hit with a tax of up to 550% under the Indian tax regime.