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Anyone ever try applying for a "Certificate of Label Exemption" for distilled spirits? I understand it would only allow in-state sales, but I'd be curious to hear how long it took at if there were any particular pros or cons. My thinking is it might be useful for limited-release products, hopefuly advantage of a quicker approval.

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It took us two weeks for an in state only exemption. It must say, "For Sale in the State of XXXX Only." We sell this only from our tasting room and have no plans to ever expand it beyond. If we do expand it, we can apply for a new label with no exemption.

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Two bit - what state are you in, and does your state accept the cola exemption ?

Along the same lines, some states bow to the TTB for product regulations under COLA, etc., but possibly if you get the exemption, you could find that other product rules apply in the state substituting in the case of an exemption. Has anyone done this in Illinois?

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Also curious on what benefits there are to doing it since it seems like similar form process. I found some wine comments that it relaxes some of the other rules on the label (appellation, etc) but haven't found much for spirits yet.

I'm guessing it doesn't affect needs for formula approval which is really what I'm interested in (redistilled gin).

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