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Whisky Tasting Guidance

This guidance has been issued by Moray Council, in consultation with Police Scotland, following a request from business on the conduct of whisky tasting events. Businesses operating whisky tasting events are concerned that that they have to operate under a liquor licence and supply whisky in minimum measures of 25ml to comply with weights and measures legislation.

Where whisky is supplied in the context of a genuine whisky tasting event and the marketing and other information provided to customers makes it clear that tasting, or sample, measures will be provided, then it is unlikely that the Council’s Trading Standards service would take the view that full measures were required. Police Scotland will assess the need for a licence on a case by case basis with a pragmatic view being adopted where appropriate. This advice also applies to whisky tours and tutored tastings.

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