If the drink's not strong enough, you can't call it whiskey, and that's official.
Scotch whisky distillers raised a triumphant glass Thursday after the European Court of Justice ruled that a French company was improperly labeling its liquor "Blended Whisky Spirit."The drink, called Gold River, is actually made up of several types of whiskeys - including Canadian and American - but it has been diluted and contains just 30 percent alcohol. That's less than the 40 percent that Scotch whisky makers require before labeling their drink as such.
After discovering that Gold River was being sold in Paris on the same shelf as genuine Scotch whisky, the Scotch Whisky Association lobbyists sued in France. The case eventually was sent to the European Court in Luxembourg.
The judges ruled Thursday afternoon that "whiskey" has a clear definition under European Union law.