The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was passed to create consistency and a much needed quality standard.
Before being enacted, you really had no idea what you were buying and consuming. It was quite common that whiskey made prior to the act being passed would be flavored and colored with iodine, tobacco and various other chemicals of the day.
Additionally, this act is also connected to the tax law, which incentivizes and allows distillers to delay payment of the excise tax until the aging process is completed. To guarantee compliance, Treasury agents were assigned to control access to so-called bonded warehouses at the distilleries. This ensured proper accounting and eventual tax collection.
In order to use “Bottled-in-Bond” on your whiskey label today, your product must adhere to the following:
In effect, it was America’s first consumer protection law.
Tonight we will be enjoying a beautiful sunset along with a pour of New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that we received as part of the New Riff Ranger Program. Cheers 🥃