Top 10 banned spirits

19th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

The spirits world has never been lacking in controversy, with a number of brands and entire categories banned for political, legal and salacious reasons.


From the politically targeted to the sexually suggestive, these are the top 10 banned spirits

While some brands have found their product on the wrong side of marketing and trademark laws, others have become embroiled in political turmoil and a few have even been accused of breaching common decency.

One of the most recent brands to face the threat of an outright ban is Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection, the UK drinks group’s biggest investment in travel retail to-date, which lost a trademark battle with the real life Explorers Club at a New York Court.

The controversy follows that of Pernod Ricard’s namesake anise brand, Pernod, which was temporarily banned by UK regulator The Portman Group for its “unclear” labelling.

The regulator has also come down on a gun-shaped vodka bottle and a sexually suggestive orange-flavoured vodka in recent years.

Meanwhile, earlier this month a number of western and Ukrainian brands were banned by Russia, with many claiming the move was part of wider political tensions.

Click through the following pages to see which other categories and brands made our┬átop 10 banned spirits. If you’ve think we’ve missed any out, let us know by leaving a comment below.

One Response to “Top 10 banned spirits”

  1. lydia says:

    Ah, absinthe is still banned in Belarus. It is not prohibited to bring a bottle or two for yourself from abroad, however it is not soled neither on-trade or off-trade.

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