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American Single Malt Whiskey to Receive TTB Designation

By August 28, 2022Top News

The Distilled Spirits Council, members of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission and the Virginia Distillery Company together are among advocates celebrating a new ruling from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced August 1 to formally define American Single Malt whisky, after a 60-day public comment period. The rule, first, recognizes the category on its own, a long-awaited move touted by domestic spirits makers, and second, ensures its definition. Any labeled American Single Malt must be made from 100% malted barley, mashed, distilled and matured in one distillery, produced entirely in the U.S., distilled to a proof not exceeding 160, matured in oak casks not exceeding 700 liters and bottled at a minimum of 40% ABV. Producers say the designation will accelerate U.S. Trade Association efforts for American Single Malts to be recognized as a category by other countries and expect growth in both export as well as competitors.

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