Episode 2.2 – Dissecting the Irish Whiskey Technical File – Brian Greene & Fionnán O’Connor

Join us this in this episode as Brian Greene and author Fionnán O’Connor deep dive into the documents that govern the regulations around Irish Whiskey, most notably, the Irish Whiskey Technical File.

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Title page of the Irish Whiskey Technical File as published 03/05/19

In this episode Fionnán O’Connor tackles the current regulations surrounding Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey from a historical viewpoint, drawing from his PhD reserach into the historic mashbills of Irish Distilleries as well as citing internal documents (published 1953) and definitions from the original ‘Pot Still Distillers Association’ which was founded in 1916, as precedent.

Brian, on the other hand, leaves the opinions and question of historical accuracy to Fionnán and instead he deep dives into the legal documentation of the Irish Whiskey Technical file and the EU legal documents that support the technical file, which give it its legal precedent.

In particular he examines what is actually protected and forbidden by the Irish & EU regulations as they stand. Finally, he examines whether or not the definitions in our technical files are written in stone or if they could be amended and if so, how this process would take place.

In this episode Brian references a number of EU documents and I have assured all interested that I would cite the links to these documents below for cross referencing.

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The Irish Whiskey Technical File 2014 
The Irish Whiskey Technical File 2014 submitted to the EU was replaced on the 17th of May 2019 by a newly revised and re-written technical file, as noted by the title “As registered by the EU Commission Services on 27th of March 2019” (the title page of which can be seen above). This file was subsequently removed and later replaced with the 2014 Technical File version FD/36/073 re-uploaded in its stead.

Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/89

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Article 17: Registration of geographical indications
Article 20: Established geographical indications
Article 21: Alteration of the technical file

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2013of 25 July 2013 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks

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Annex II: Technical File (Template)
Annex V: Applicatoin for Ammendment of Technical File of a GI

 
Official Journal of the European Union(2019/C 115/11)
Information on the assessment of technical files of established geographical indications for spirit drinks
Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs, the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks, the use of ethyl alcohol and distillates of agricultural origin in alcoholic beverages, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 110/2008
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Article 22: Product Specification
Article 31: Amendment to a Product Specification
Article 50: Transitional Measures
Article 51: Entry into Force

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