A CEREDIGION distillery is one of four in Wales to have its whisky put under a brand protection scheme.

Dà Mhìle Distillery in Llandysul is one of four in Wales to have been given the UK Geographical Indication (UKGI) which protects the name, authenticity and characteristics of Single Malt Welsh Whisky.

John Savage-Onstwedder, founder of Dà Mhìle Distillery, said: “A huge congratulations to the other three distillers in Wales who have been registered under the new Single Malt Welsh Whisky scheme. It is a wonderful achievement.

“Each step of the production must take place in Wales – from brewing to bottling. The moderate, damp Welsh climate allows for even maturation throughout the year.

“Here at Dà Mhìle Distillery we use our own spring water which adds to the smoothness and purity of the whisky. Over and above the new (UKGI) status, Dà Mhìle Single Malt Whisky is registered with the Soil Association and fully certified as an ORGANIC whisky - Dà Mhìle is acknowledged as the world’s first organic whisky of the modern era – the malted barley used to make the whisky is, like in former centuries, grown without the use of artificial fertilisers, fungicides or pesticides – making Dà Mhìle the most natural whisky on the market.”

The UKGI scheme for Single Malt Welsh Whisky is the first new UK spirit drink application to be registered and protected under the new scheme which was created after Brexit. The Single Malt Welsh Whisky joins other protected British classics such as Mowbray Pork Pies, Traditionally Welsh Caerphilly, Scotch Whisky and Cornish Clotted Cream.