New Poll: Caramel and Chill-Filtration on the Whisky Label

by Oliver Klimek on January 6, 2011

The ongoing discussion about caramel colouring and chill-filtration of whisky has been taken to another level by Marc Connelly of the Whisky Whisky Whisky Foum presenting the idea of a “Campaign for Real Whisky”.

Discussion has been rather intense with also some headwind regarding the chances of success of such a campaign and also about the definition what “real whisky” should be at all.

I don’t want to get too much into the nitty-gritty of it all, but a proposed ban of E 150a and chill-filtration would probably have very little chance to pass legislation. But a majority of participtants in the discussion favour that at least there should be an obligation for both treatments to me mentioned on the lable of any whisky bottle.

In this poll I want to find out about your feelings regarding the labelling issue. I have also added options to be in favour for only one of the two components. The options are:

  1. Both should be mandatory
  2. Only E 150a (caramel) should be mandatory
  3. Only chill-filtration should be mandatory
  4. None of the two should be mandatory
  5. I don’t care

An important note: This poll is not about how you feel about colouring of chill-filtration in general. It is only about the labelling.

The poll will run until midnight CET on 31st January 2011.

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