A tip of the glass to our friend SKU of the L.A. Food and Whiskey Blog for making us aware of this all important proposal for the spirits industry. Without this list we would all be confused or confusd.
The TTB regulations have long been in need of an update to cover newer whiskey styles that have emerged in the past decade. This week, the TTB announced a new list of proposed whiskey classifications and requirements. They aren’t perfect, and some don’t go far enough, but they are a good start at updating the regulations. As with all federal regulations, these will be subject to a public comment period before being formally enacted.
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Handmade or Handcrafted Whiskey
Limited Edition, Limited Release or Special Edition
State of Distillation Requirement
All whiskey shall include on its label one of the following: (1) the state in which the whiskey was distilled; (2) the state in which the whiskey was aged; (3) the state in which the whiskey was bottled; (4) the state wherein is located the aquifer which supplied the water that was added to the whiskey; (5) the state in which a previous whiskey that used the same brand name was produced; (6) the state in which lived a deceased gangster or outlaw who is featured on the label of said whiskey; or (7) any other state that seems cool.
As I said, these aren’t perfect, but they are at least an effort to update the regulations. Let me know what you think of them.