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Spirit Drink Regulation


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Last Updated:March 6, 2014

This Regulation sets the rules regarding the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, and also the protection of geographical indications. It applies to all spirit drinks, whether produced in the European Union (EU) or in a third country.

Spirit drinks

Spirit drinks are alcoholic drinks intended for human consumption. By definition, spirit drinks possess particular organoleptic qualities and have a minimum alcoholic strength of 15 % vol. Spirit drinks are produced either directly by distillation, by maceration or by the addition of flavourings, or by mixing a spirit drink with another drink, ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin or certain distillates.

Annex II to the Regulation contains a list of the spirit drinks classified by category (rum, whisky, vodka, etc.).


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