Single Malt Welsh Whisky was registered under the UK Geographical Indication (UKGI) status scheme earlier this week, which protects its name, authenticity and characteristics.

It is the first new UK spirit drink application to be registered and protected under the new scheme, created after Brexit.

Food and Farming secretary Therese Coffey said: “Single Malt Welsh Whisky is widely acclaimed for its lightness of character and I am pleased to announce it will be the first protected spirit under our UKGI scheme at the Royal Welsh Show.

“It shows how the UK government is ready to get behind the best of British food and drink from across the nation to boost sales at home and abroad, create jobs and grow our economy.”

Single Malt Welsh Whisky

Dating back to 1887, Single Malt Welsh Whisky is made using malted barley and water of 100% Welsh origin and with the new protection, only whiskies made in this way can be called ‘Single Malt Welsh Whisky’.

The product is registered to four distillers in Wales, who together export to over 45 countries worldwide including the United States, France, Germany and China.

Each step of the whiskey production process must take place in Wales, from brewing to bottling.

The moderate and damp Welsh climate allows for an even rate of maturation, producing a smooth and refreshing flavour, according to the company.

Today, most Welsh distilleries possess a well or borehole to utilise the fresh and high-quality water in Wales.


Single Malt Welsh Whisky has joined other British products receiving protection, such as Scotch Whisky, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Cornish Clotted Cream.

The CEO of Penderyn Whisky which produces the Single Malt Welsh Whisky, Stephen Davies said: “The achievement of UKGI status for Single Malt Welsh Whisky is a significant milestone for Penderyn as a producer but also for the wider Welsh whisky industry.

“It assists in safeguarding both the quality of the product  and also its source of origin. 

“It’s an exciting step forward and one that puts focus on an industry that has been growing steadily over the last 20 years.”

Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies, said: “UKGI status is really important for distillers and helps them market this fantastic product around the world, and consumers know they are buying a unique product entirely made and bottled in Wales.

“All of this helps the industry to grow, supporting jobs and driving prosperity.”