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Row erupts over plan to control ‘Irish whiskey’ label in US

Cork-based distiller challenges Irish Whiskey Association certification mark plan

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John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers. Picture by Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers. Picture by Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

John O’Connell of West Cork Distillers. Picture by Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A row has erupted in the Irish whiskey industry over who should hold the right to certify the sector’s products as legitimate in the US.

The Sunday Independent has learned that whiskey producer West Cork Distillers has challenged an attempt by the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the sector’s largest lobby group, to obtain a certification mark in the US covering Irish whiskey. It sought an extension of time to oppose the application for the certification mark, which was granted until January 2022.


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