Canadian distillery drops Scottish sounding products after SWA dispute
Graeme Macaloney, a businessman who operates a drinks company in Canada, has agreed to cut “Scottish sounding” names from his products after being sued by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The SWA released a statement revealing it had resolved its dispute with Macaloney Brewer & Distillers Ltd after reaching an agreement on the re-labelling of the firm’s Canadian whiskies.
The SWA accused Mr Macaloney of violating Scotch whisky’s geographical indication by using words that are associated with the country on its whiskies.
The trade body objected to the use of words such as “Invernahaven”, “Glenloy” and “Invermallie” on the distiller’s products and said they may make customers think they were produced in Scotland.
Glasgow-born Mr Macaloney has now agreed to drop the names and change the name of his firm’s base from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery to Macaloney’s Island Distillery, highlighting its location on Vancouver Island.
He said: “We will be rebranding our distillery and its associated tours and beer garden to Macaloney’s Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery.”