LABELING OF SCOTCH WHISKY AND IRISH WHISKY (PRODUCED
IN NORTHERN IRELAND) BOTTLED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED
KINGDOM AND SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES.
Importers, Bottlers of Distilled
Spirits and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform importers and
United States bottlers of Scotch Whisky and United States bottlers of
Irish Whiskies produced in Northern Ireland of the restrictions of the
British Customs and Excise regulations relating to the labeling of such
Whiskies as having been distilled, blended, and bottled under Government
Background. The Code of Customs and Excise Warehousing Regulations
administered in Great Britain under certain conditions authorize state-
ments in labeling to the effect that Scotch Whisky and Northern Irish
Whisky, bottled in the United Kingdom, have been "Distilled in Scotland
(or Northern Ireland) and bottled in the United Kingdom under Government
Supervision." There is no authority under British regulations for the
use of this statement, or any variation thereof, with respect to Scotch
Whisky and Irish Whisky (produced in Northern Ireland) not bottled in the
United Kingdom. Hence, under Section 41(b) of the Federal Alcohol Admin-
istration Act Regulations No. 5, the statement would be prohibited from
appearing on labels of Scotch Whisky and Northern Irish Whisky bottled in
the United States after importation.
Several months ago, the attention of this office was directed to the
requirements of the British regulations and to the application of Regula-
tions No. 5 in this regard. Since that time, as applications for label
approval have been submitted covering labels in this category, we have
advised the applicants that the use of the labels would be permitted until
December 31, 1960, but that after such date, the labels must be amended by
deleting all references to "Government Supervision."
We have now been informed that many of the labels in question are printed
in England and that deliveries of the amended labels could not be made by
the end of 1960.
Conclusion. In view of these circumstances and in order to permit
an orderly transition, all certificates of approval covering labels
bearing the objectionable wording, whether or not limited to December 31,
1960, may be considered effective until May 31, 1961.
All bottlers of distilled spirits who utilize labels for Scotch Whisky
and Irish Whiskies, bearing references to distillation or blending under
Government supervision, should make all necessary labeling corrections
and obtain new certificates of label approval before May 31, 1961. After
that date, all certificates of approval heretofore issued by this office
covering the old labels, whether or not such certificates are limited,
should be returned for cancellation.
Inquiries. Correspondence in regard to this Industry Circular should
refer to its number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco
Tax (Attention: O:AT:BT), Washington 25, D. C.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division