Association urges support for American single malt definition

13th June, 2019 by Amy Hopkins

The American Single Malt Whiskey Commission is calling on industry members to pledge their support for a ‘standard identity’ for the category ahead of the finalisation of new US spirits labelling laws.

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A number of producers have joined together to support a formal definition of American single malt whiskey

Established in 2016, the commission has a mission to “establish, promote and protect” the American single malt whiskey category. It has more than 120 members.

Yesterday, the association published a statement urging industry members to express their support for a formal definition of American single malt whiskey to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The TTB is seeking to amend the regulations governing the labelling and advertising of wine, spirits and malt beverages to “simplify and clarify” regulatory standards.

Members of the public are able to comment on the proposed changes until 26 June.

The American Single Malt Whiskey Commission has drafted the following statement for supporters to submit:

‘I/we would like to formally support the petition to include a new Standard of Identity for American Single Malt Whiskey in the final ratified 27 C.F.R. §5.22(b) that reads as follows:

‘American Single Malt Whisk(e)y is whisk(e)y distilled entirely at one United States distillery, mashed, distilled, and matured in the United States of America, distilled to a proof not exceeding 160° proof from fermented mash of 100% malted barley and stored in oak containers not exceeding 700 litres, and bottled at not less than 80° proof.’

Those who want to support this definition, or make any other comments regarding the modernised labelling rules, can do so by clicking on this link.

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