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TREAS/TTB RIN: 1513-AC50 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Definition of "Oak Container" for Purposes of Labeling Certain Distilled Spirits; Request for Public Comment 

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has received requests to expand the meaning of "oak container" for purposes of meeting the standard of identity for certain types of distilled spirits and for meeting the labeling requirements for optional "age" statements on those distilled spirits.  Under the regulations in 27 CFR part 5, to meet the standard of identity for certain types of whiskies, and thus to be eligible for labeling as that type of whisky, the distilled spirits must, among other things, be stored in an oak container.  Similarly, any "age" statement on the labels of such distilled spirits is, under the TTB regulations, a reference to the period of time during which, after distillation and before bottling, the distilled spirits have been stored in an oak container.  Historically, the term "oak container" has been understood as being generally a standard whisky barrel of approximately 50 gallons.  TTB has received requests from industry members to use, for purposes of meeting the standard of identity and age labeling requirements, containers of other sizes, shapes, and compositions, and TTB is seeking comments on these requests.

Agency: Department of the Treasury(TREAS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 27 CFR 5.11    27 CFR 4.22    27 CFR 5.40   
Legal Authority: 27 U.S.C. 205(e)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  03/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Christopher Thiemann
Program Manager
Department of the Treasury
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
1310 G Street NW., Box 12,
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:202 453-1039
Fax:202 453-2404