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  1. Judging of Craft Spirits International spirits without a Certificate of Label Approval from the US Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau must complete ADI's free online COLA Waiver Application.
  2. Aux Arc

    Neck tags

    Anyone who is using Neck tags or booklets attached to your bottle necks by elastic cord or string--did you have to get a COLA approval before release to retail? I have seen old posts where some were putting them on with cocktail recipes and the like, but I was thinking about more of a consumer education tag to explain , for example, why American Single Malt can't be called Scotch, or why a bottle is labeled Agave Spirits rather than tequila, etc. Thought it would be a great way to educate newer consumers as to what certain craft spirits are, how they are made, and identify how they are diffe
  3. 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?
  4. ADI has been invited by TTB to speak to Label specialists about issues distillers face during the label approval. Please provide us feedback on your experience of applying for label approval. We will aggregate and anonymize the information provided and before it is shared with TTB. It is our hope that opening dialog will lead to reduced rejections and change requests which will save distillers and TTB time and money. I will be traveling to DC July 23, 2018 so please submit your responses before then. Google Forum: https://goo.gl/forms/X306I2pyUURz7BBQ2
  5. Just curious if I understand this correctly. Previously I had submitted COLA for all bottle sizes that we make (50, 375, 750 and liter). Does all the information changed between the two meet "allowable changes"? Or do I need a separate cola for each? Just trying to streamline things. Thanks!
  6. We have a COLA application ford our label submitted as of May 5. Looks like review times are hovering between 19 and 22 days for spirits. I'm scratching my head about what the processing times mean. The description reads that it is the number of days from when the application was received until it is rejected or approved and includes time spent going back and forth with corrections. Is that still the case? Further, if TTB rejects a label application and you choose to correct it, does your application go to the bottom of the pile again? thanks for any insights into how this pro
  7. The TTB is proposing several changes to the regulations. The goals seem to be simplifying paperwork, reducing mostly reporting, streamlining the COLA process and many other things. There will now be a period of public comment regarding many of these changes. The link leads to an article in the National Law Review that summarizes TTBs proposals: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/alcohol-and-tobacco-tax-and-trade-bureau-ttb-publishes-projected-regulatory-agenda
  8. Looking for some insight and resolutions from anyone that has experienced the same situation... Currently working (more like forcing!) a whiskey COLA approval through. I teamed up with a local brewery to make the beer and I distilled it to produce a whiskey. To reflect this I stated "Distilled from full flavored craft beer" and TTB is not having it because the word "beer" shows up on a "distilled spirit" product. So they are requesting a formula approval. I explained that it is merely distilled from a beer mash just like any whiskey albeit a particular kind of beer mash (chocolate oatmeal sto
  9. North Star were you approved?
  10. I'm interested in selling a bottle of spirits that is offered in a box, and bundled with a pint glass. However this is not a specialty pack for the holidays, but a permanent sku I intended to offer throughout the year. I have already obtained a COLA for the label that is physically on the bottle of spirits. Is a new COLA required for the "box" the bottle and pint glass will be packed in? The bottle's label will/should be entirely visible through the window in the box, including the government warning and the bar code.... Since each state's system is different, I'm only curious about the
  11. I just got my DSP at the end of August, and so now we're underway in the Forumlas / COLAs online business. I'm just curious how long this has taken for anyone else who's recently gone through the process? Here's the timeline so far: August 7th: TTB Agent requests a bond correction, says there are no other issues. Mad scramble to take care of that. August 31st: DSP approved! We used permits online, took about 10 weeks. Put in for the username / password for TTB online. Sept 7th: Username and password approved. Formula is submitted right away, but I discover that COLAs have to wait for that
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