NORWAY’S own style of vodka and its renowned aquavit have both been granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Union, highlighting the need for Scotland’s own PGI statuses to be preserved after Brexit.

A statement from the European Commission said the two strong spirits would be added to the 33 other PGI items on the EU register.

The Commission declared: “Norsk Vodka/Norwegian Vodka is known for its neutral flavour with a pure and clean taste, making it ideal for various cocktails.

“Made from either potatoes or grain, it is produced in three stages, namely brewing, distilling and post-distillation processing, which must take place within the Kingdom of Norway.

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“This production process follows a tradition dating back to Bergen in 1531. Bergen was a commercial centre for Norwegian fisheries and the foundation of trading traditions and gastronomical development in Norway.

“Norsk Akevitt/Norsk Aquavit/Norsk Akvavit/Norwegian Aquavit is a spirit produced from potatoes, distilled with herbs and spices and matured in wooden casks.

“Soft on the palate, it has a defined flavour, an aroma of caraway/dill and notes of other herbs and spices.

“In particular, the systematic cask maturation process distinguishes Norwegian Aquavit from other varieties and has led to its international reputation for quality. Aquavit is popular during festive celebrations such as Christmas.”

In December last year, the EU furthered its protection of PGIs for spirits after becoming the fifth party to ratify the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement, which will come into force this month. The Act is a multilateral treaty for PGIs managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).