A brand new rule offering a authorized definition for American single malt whiskey shall be revealed this December, based on the American Single Malt Whiskey Fee (ASMWC).
ASMWC is an organisation of US whiskey producers which have united to formulate and lobby for authorized requirements for American single malts.
Whereas many producers use the time period ‘American single malt whiskey’ on their labels, there may be not but any formal, legally enforced definition for the class.
In a e-newsletter launched on Friday 24 September, ASMWC mentioned the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Commerce Bureau (TTB) – the US authorities organisation accountable for alcohol labelling legal guidelines – is “poised to publish a brand new rule this December that formally defines American single malt whiskey”.
The assertion continued: “We have now been in common contact with [the TTB] and are (a) very optimistic that our proposed definition shall be mirrored within the rule that they in the end publish and (b) stay hopeful that they’ll meet the advised timeline. This implies American single malt might be enshrined into legislation by spring of subsequent yr.”
Based on the definition put forth by the ASMWC, American single malts have to be constituted of 100% malted barley; distilled completely at one distillery; mashed, distilled and matured within the US; matured in oak casks of not more than 700 litres; distilled to not more than 80% ABV; and bottled at 40% ABV or extra.
After the TTB releases its proposed rule, there shall be a public remark interval wherein folks can voice their opinions on the matter. ASMWC has known as on its members to ship suggestions in assist of the change as soon as the remark interval is introduced.