Let me see if I can get all of this right: It must Come from one distillery, during one distilling season, be aged in a bonded warehouse in new charred oak barrels (like any bourbon) for minimum of 4 years, and be bottled at 100 proof/50% alcohol I think that's every thing but I usually leave something out.
p_elliott wrote:Years ago the government had a agent that was at the distillery that literally had the keys to the place including the warehouses. The distillery couldn't make a move with out the government agent permission or knowledge. I can't explain it very well but it has to do with the taxation of the whiskey. Chuck explains it in his book to a degree. Any way this is monitored by the government by computers now and there is no agent on site anymore. So in short the government bonded warehouses were their regular warehouses.
cowdery wrote:It's hard for us to imagine today, but until the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, there were virtually no consumer protection laws and it was Buyer Beware. Whiskey was one of the most abused products, as producers could make any false claims they wished and there was nothing anyone could do about it. The Bottled in Bond Act was a precursor to Pure Food and Drug, in that the United States government would guarantee the authenticity of the whiskey if all of the Bottled in Bond rules were followed. Although the government never claimed to be guaranteeing the quality of the whiskey, just its authenticity, BIB came to be regarded as a mark of quality. As it was getting started, producers wouldn't necessarily have all of their product 'in bond,' so they might have some warehouses that were not bonded warehouses, as the system was essentially voluntary.
The fact that the so-called 'government man' controlled access to the distillery could lead to some pettiness. Every distillery has stories about the government man showing up late in retaliation for some petty slight. It was an odd phenomenon.
p_elliott wrote:If it says BIB on the label they still have to follow the BIB rules.
Are you confused yet? You should be the alcohol laws in the US are very confusing. Some are very old and out of date but are still enforced.
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