What is the measure at which Scotch Whisky is generally sold across the counter?

The Weights and Measures Act of 1963 provides for three standard measures which are one-quarter, one-fifth and one-sixth of a gill, equal respectively to one-and-a-quarter fluid ounces. one fluid ounce and five-sixths fluid ounce. The proprietor of licensed premises must display a notice in the bar showing which of these quantities he is serving. In Scotland the usual measure is one-fifth of a gill and in England one-sixth is more common.

However, after 31 December 1994 it will no longer be permissable to sell spirits using imperial measures. Scotch Whisky, together with gin, vodka and rum, will be dispensed in licensed premises in measures of either 25ml or 35ml. An amendment to Weights and Measures legislation already recognises 25ml as a legal measure. Legislation to permit the 35ml measures will be enacted in good time for the 1994 deadline.

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