STATEMENTS OF PROCESS FOR IMPORTED DISTILLED GIN
Bottlers and Importers of Distilled Spirits,
and others concerned:
The purpose of this circular is to alert industry members to recent
amendments to 27 CFR, Part 5, which may affect the labeling of imported gin
designated as "distilled gin".
Section 5.22(c), Class 3, defines "gin" as a product obtained by original distillation from mash, or by redistillation of distilled spirits, or
by mixing neutral spirits, with or over juniper berries and other aromatics,
or with or over extracts derived from infusions, percolations, or maceration
of such materials, and includes mixtures of gin and neutral spirits. It is
required to derive its main characteristic flavor from juniper berries and
be bottled at not less than 80 proof. Unless it is produced exclusively by original distillation or by redistillation, gin may not be further designated as "distilled". These rules apply to all gins, domestic and imported.
Established inspector controls assure compliance of all domestic gins. In
the absence of such official knowledge covering gins produced abroad, the
following special procedures are prescribed covering imported gins.
Section 5.51 provides, in connection with the release of bottled gin
from Customs custody, that applications for certificates of approval covering
labels for gin bearing the word "distilled" as a part of the designation
shall be accompanied by a statement, prepared by the manufacturer, setting
forth the step-by-step description of the manufacturing process.
Section 5.55(a) requires a similar statement to accompany applications
for certificates of approval covering labels for imported "distilled" gin
The provisions in Sections 5.51 and 5.55(a) become effective on
February 1, 1970, and all applications for certificates of approval covering
labels for imported "distilled" gin filed thereafter must be accompanied by
statements of process prepared by the manufacturers of gin.
Since these requirements are made applicable only with respect to labels
submitted for approval after the effective date of the regulations and as the
Director has a responsibility under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act
(27 U.S.C. 205(e)) and regulations thereunder (27 CFR, Part 5) to provide the
same degree of assurance to the consumer with respect to all imported
"distilled" gins, he can discharge this responsibility only by requesting
all importers of bottled "distilled" and domestic bottlers of bulk imported
"distilled" gin to submit to him similar statements from manufacturers abroad with respect to labels used on "distilled" gin covered by certificates of
label approval issued prior to the effective date of these new regulatory
requirements (February 1, 1970). This request is under authority of the regulations (27 CFR 5.33(g)), which read as follows:
"Contents of bottles. A complete and accurate statement of
the contents of the bottles to which labels are to be or
have been affixed shall be submitted, on request, to the
Director or the assistant regional commissioner."
Importers of bottled "distilled" gin and domestic bottlers of imported
"distilled" gin are reminded that all applications for label approval must be
accompanied by statements from their manufacturers abroad describing, step-bystep, the process of manufacturing the "distilled" gin. This statement must
clearly indicate whether or not spirits have been added to the gin after
Similarly, under authority of the regulations in 27 CFR 5.33(g), all
importers of bottled "distilled" gin and all domestic bottlers of imported
"distilled" gin who are using labels covered by certificates of label approval
issued subsequent to July 1, 1968, and prior to February 1, 1970, are requested
to submit similar statements from their manufacturers abroad with respect to
all such labels in use. These statements should be obtained for submission to
the Director (Attention: CP:AT:B) as soon as possible but not later than
April 30, 1970.
Inquiries with respect to this circular should be addressed to the
Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division,
Internal Revenue Service,
Washington, D.C. 20224
Harold A. Serr,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division