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Formula approval for Spiced Rum Required?

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We're working on our spiced rum and it will contain less than 2.5% total flavorings and caramel coloring.  Will this product need a formula to be approved by the TTB?  Also what is required on the label?  Is "Spiced Rum" sufficient, or does it need to contain a statement "Rum Flavored with vanilla, almond, and other spices"?

I've read through a lot of the TTB documents but still haven't been able to pinpoint a conclusive answer.

Another question, does the addition of flavorings change the class & type designation to a "Flavored Rum"?   It seems like it should, but maybe not?

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It certainly will.  Generally speaking, if you do anything to a spirit after it comes off the still, other than barrel aging, you'll need a formula.  

 

 

 

 

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We just went through this. As a matter of fact the label was finally approve Friday. If flavoring is added Rum With Natural Flavors will need to be on the label. TTB made us remove "spiced" since there were other flavors in the spirit. 

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Many spiced rums are formula approved as distilled spirits specialty.

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