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‘Flavoured’ vodka definitely not whisky, court rules

Courts 4 weeks ago

The association had pointed to the labelling and the use of the tartan pattern along with the names of the products, saying they conveyed “the idea and concept of United Kingdom and / or Scottish origin”.


21 Sep 2020
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‘Flavoured’ vodka definitely not whisky, court rules

The Scotch Whisky Association has been at loggerheads with local liquor producer Milestone Beverage over its “whisky-flavoured spirit aperitifs” since 2013. Picture: iStock

The global industry watchdog, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), has been at loggerheads with local liquor producer Milestone Beverage over its King Arthur and Royal Douglas “whisky-flavoured spirit aperitifs” since 2013. In 2017, the dispute spilled over into the North Gauteng High Court, where Judge Elizabeth Kubushi ended up issuing an interdict against Milestone. The company then turned to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), in a bid to have the ruling overturned. But the appellate court on Friday, too, found in favour of the SWA. The crux of the SWA’s case was that Milestone was trying to pass off...

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