USE OF "ORIGINAL PROOF," "ORIGINAL BARREL PROOF," "ENTRY
PROOF" AND BARREL PROOF" ON DISTILLED SPIRITS LABELS
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants, Importers, Wholesalers
and others concerned
Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to inform industry
members that ATF Ruling 79-9 will be published in a future issue
of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bulletin. The ruling will
read substantially as follows:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has recently recognized
the need to establish guidelines for use of the terms "Original
Proof," "Original Barrel Proof," "Entry Proof" and "Barrel Proof" on
distilled spirits labels.
No standard definitions have been issued by the Bureau specifying
when and under what conditions distilled spirits labels may bear
phrases indicating that the proof of the spirits when originally
produced and when bottled is the same. Previously, the Bureau
commented on the use of terms such as "Original Proof," "Original
Barrel Proof," "Entry Proof" and "Barrel Proof" on a case-by-case
Although these terms are not defined in the regulations, they
have acquired certain meanings when used on distilled spirits labels.
To preclude any misunderstandings and to effect standardization
in the use of these terms, the Bureau is issuing guidelines as
Held, a distilled spirits label bearing the phrase "Original
Proof," "Original Barrel Proof" or "Entry Proof" indicates that the
proof of the spirits entered into the barrel and the proof of the
bottled spirits are the same.
Held, further, "Barrel Proof" on a distilled spirits label
indicates that the bottling proof is not more than two degrees
lower than the proof established at the time the spirits were
gauged for tax determination.
All companies presently holding approved certificates for distilled
spirits labels bearing the term "Original Proof," "Original Barrel
Proof," "Entry Proof" or "Barrel Proof" must return the aforementioned
certificates by December 31, 1979, for cancellation.
Inquiry. Inquiries concerning this circular should refer to its
number and be addressed to the Assistant Director (Regulatory
Enforcement), ATF, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20226.