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Whisky Advocate: New Zealand Sets Ground Rules For Emerging Whisky Industry

April 2, 2021

Whisky making in New Zealand dates back to the 1830s when Scottish settlers first landed and brought with them their whisky expertise—and thirst. Today the country’s North and South islands boast 19 active distilleries making all sorts of spirits, with more in the works.

Inspired by countries like Scotland and the U.S., which govern their native whisky styles through clear guidelines, the organization Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (Aotearoa is the Māori name for the country) issued formal whisky regulations in February.

The aim is to create more consumer awareness of and lend credence to the country’s whiskies, defining two styles—New Zealand single malt whisky and New Zealand whisky—with rules that largely adhere to those in Scotland and Europe. Whisky Advocate has the full story.—Julia Higgins

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