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Do I read the TTB site right that a Rum formula is only needed if harmless color/flavor/blends are used (so for a spiced rum)? So a straight up distilled rum doesn't need a formula? What about a distilled rum that is blended with another distilled rum (sourced from another distillery)?

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Wow, thanks Todd... so that means I can't buy Rum from California and Texas (I'm totally making that up) and blend them for bottling or storage? Nor can I mix something I produce with something from another state... weird. Any logic I'm missing there?

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Actually I may have inadvertently sent the wrong code. Of course you can do that. Some companies sell product specifically for that purpose. I would need to go back to the codes and look. Read around that area (19.34-something) regarding receiving spirits in bond and processing. A well placed call to the TTB may also be warranted for clarification.

Todd

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I re-read what you had posted above, and there is an exception for Brandy and Rum in section e that appears to have no restrictions for blending to perfect them according to commercial standards... so it looks like you can blend some of your own production with something brought in house.

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Tom

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I got my formula approval and it was classified as a distilled spirits specialty. I presume because of the used barrel part. I find it very frustrating that the standards of. Identity for rum are wide open until it gets to the ttb and someone there makes up his own rules or is there another set of rules somewhere else buried in some other section? I don't like wasting time.

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All Bacardi rum is aged in used bourbon barrels. That being said , they may very well have submitted a formula therein.

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Sorry for the confusion, I hijacked my own thread. Between when I started this thread and got to the actual approval I had changed to just a regular rum aged in used bourbon barrels. It got approved, but as a distilled specialty product, and I was required to. Remove "Rum" from the label and to put the statement "rum aged in used bourbon barrels" on the label. So, if its a new barrel with rum, would that fly?

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I thought a formula wasn't required for regular old rum... unless you are adding flavorings... and I'm pretty sure aging in used bourbon barrels is the "standard" way to age rum. Seems odd - although I have no real experience to draw on.

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It seem that the way the ttb works is if you ask them for something you don't need they'll give you something you don't need......

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I am working with rum for the first time. So if I age in new barrels will I have to summit a formula as well. Or only apply for used bourbon barrels?

Also should I filtrated it true active carbon ?

Thank you

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Formula approval is required. Carbon filtration is optional.

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use the formula approval tool at the ttbs website.

you should not need a formula. I have a "black rum" I just submitted a label. and got it.

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