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Geographical Indications - Spirit Drinks

The geographical indication identifies a spirit drink as originating in the territory of a country, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of that spirit drink is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

Under Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks, three Irish Products are included in the legislation

  • Irish Whiskey/Uisce Beatha Eireannach/Irish Whisky
  • Irish Cream
  • Irish Poteen/Irish Poitín

Technical Files

GI spirits must have a technical file which sets out the technical specification of the product. The file must demonstrate the geographical link with the country of origin and include; details of the principal physical, chemical and or organoleptic characteristics, the specific characteristics of the spirit drink, a description of the geographic area, and a description of the method for obtaining the spirit drink.

Verification

Under Article 22 of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 all GI products must be verified to ensure compliance with the technical specification in the file.  This is an important measure to protect the authenticity and global reputation of Irish Whiskey.

Irish Whiskey/Uisce Beatha Eireannach/Irish Whisky Technical Note

The Irish Whiskey Technical File (pdf 862Kb)  was submitted to the European Commission in October 2014.

The verification programme for Irish whiskey is undertaken by the Revenue Commissioners. Details of how to apply for verification are provided here

Following the first round of verification inspection, the List of verified 2016 Irish Whiskey premises (xls 10Kb)  has been published.

The Department is now inviting brand owners to apply to have their Irish Whiskey brands approved - see Trader Notice FIDD 2/2017 re Irish Whiskey Brand Owners (doc 26Kb) 

The approved list will be published here shortly.

Irish Cream, Irish Cream Liqueur, Technical File

The Irish Cream Technical File (pdf 719Kb) was submitted to the European Commission in October 2014

The verification programme for Irish Cream is undertaken by the Department and details of how to apply for verification and the verification checklist are provided below.

Following the first round of verification inspection, the List of verified 2016 Irish Cream traders (doc 42Kb) has been published.

Irish Poteen/ Irish Poitín, Technical File

The Irish Poteen/ Irish Poitín, Technical File (pdf 233Kb)  was submitted to the European Commission in February 2015

The verification programme for Irish Poteen/Poitin is undertaken by the Revenue Commissioners.   Details of how to apply for verification are provided here.

Following the first round of verification inspection, the List of verified 2016 Irish Poitín premises (xls 8Kb) has been published.

The Department is now inviting brand owners to apply to have their Irish Poitin brands approved - see Trader Notice FIDD 3/2017 re Irish Poitín Brand Owners (doc 39Kb) 

The approved list will be published here shortly