Purchasing and bottling whisky made at another distillery is a long-standing practice, although it often leads to confusion. Only a company that has distilled the whisky itself can use the term “distilled by” on its label, but phrases like “produced by” are allowed if the whisky has been purchased by a third party.
Many producers choose to disclose additional information about their whisky’s sources, but not everyone is completely upfront. How important is it to know who made the whisky in the bottle? Whisky Advocate’s editors debate.