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Old 04-28-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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hello...I had a question about proof levels in rum (or actually in spirits in general). Is there a reason why just about every vodka, rum, bourbon, whisky, etc is set at 80 proof? Just about every spiced or flavored rums is set at exactly 70 proof.

I know some states charge higher taxes based on the % alcohol...but I didn't know if there was some logic behind this...? Is it easier to get your product in bars and restaurants if the proof is lower?
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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In the US, in order to be called rum, vodka and most other spirits it must be bottled at at least 80 proof - 40% abv.

Spiced rums are just that, 'spiced rum' and as such don't have to comply with to the same standards. The difference in Federal Excise Tax is about $3 per case of 12 x 750ml bottles, which in the US is called a 9 liter case.

States charge tax on a number of critieria and for some there is no difference in the cost tax for a 750 ml bottle at 80 or 100 proof. The big savings for spirits producers is the Federal Excise Tax which every spirits producer pays on every bottle of distilled spirits sold in the US.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:37 PM   #3
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lot of arguments to make there... water is cheaper than spirit... in some instances yes it is easier to get product in bars etc. with lower proof... in some cases 40% is the lowest margin a spirit can be and still classified as a certain spirit type/genre...
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Here are the federal regulations: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text...r5_main_02.tpl
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Thank you Dan, I didn't have that link on my desktop. There is also a pdf file that you can download but once you download it you might not have the latest information.

There is a lot of information there. There are few things which are as simple as they first appear.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:31 PM   #6
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thanks for the link...lot's of good info there...
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