ELIMINATION OF STANDARD OF IDENTITY FOR BLENDED SCOTCH
TYPE WHISKY IN FEDERAL DISTILLED SPIRITS LABELING REGULATIONS.
Bottlers of Distilled Spirits
and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this Industry Circular is to direct
attention to the fact that the standard of identity for "Blended Scotch
Type Whisky" (27 CFR 5.21, Class 2(14)) was revoked by Treasury Decision
6288 (published in the Federal Register on April 3, 1958, 23 F.R. 2180),
effective April 3, 1961.
Background. The standard for "Blended Scotch Type Whisky" was
revoked, after public hearing, but the effective date was postponed for
three years, following publication of the Treasury Decision in the Federal
Register, in order to permit an orderly liquidation of whisky inventories
in the United States.
Under date of December 29, 1960, all of the regulations issued under
the provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act were republished
in the Federal Register (25 F.R. 13831) for the purpose of incorporating
all amendatory Treasury Decisions previously issued. Owing to the fact
that as of the date of republication (December 29, 1960), the standard for
"Blended Scotch Type Whisky" was then still in effect, such standard could
not be omitted. Accordingly, it is contained in Title 27 of the Code of
Federal Regulations, published under date of January 1, 1961, otherwise
described as "Regulations under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act"
(U. S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, IRS Publication
No. 449 (2-61)).
Conclusion. Bottlers of distilled spirits and others concerned will
ignore the standard of identity for "Blended Scotch Type Whisky" set forth
in the consolidated reprint of the regulations, as above noted, in view of
the fact that such standard was revoked by Treasury Decision 6288, effective
April 3, 1961.
Inquiries. Correspondence in regard to this Industry Circular should
refer to its number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco
Tax (O:AT:B), Washington 25, D. C.
Harold A. Serr
Acting Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division