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I noticed while pouring some Powers Gold into my tea, it states : distilled and bottled in bond by...."
What does 'bottled in bond' mean when applied to Irish whiskey?
I've never noticed that before. I'll have to check when I get home. I have no idea what BIB means to Irish Whiskey, I've never heard of this before.
I have seen that term on many import/export labels.
I believe that it was bottled at a bonded facility and they are touting that fact because it has a meaning in the US. I don't think that it actually means anything for labels sent to other jurisdictions.
US products in the US are the only ones who are subject to the "real" Bonded rules, to the best of my knowledge. Maybe, others can confirm or deny?
I don't know what the BIB on this bottle means, but I am really enjoying my first try of this whiskey, today. Picked it up as my annual purchase of an Irish for St. Patty's Day. Weather here is low 40's, dark, foggy, and a light rain has been falling all day. Just like Ireland, I suppose. To my daughter's sheltie, this is like sunny and 75 degrees. She LOVES it! Can't get her to come inside. So, I'm hangin' in the garage with this Powers, and watching her running around in the yard and getting herself soaked. This is very fine whiskey. Seems more boubonlike than the other Irish bottles I have. Not as rich as Redbreast 12 or Tullamore Dew 12, but very flavorful, nonetheless. Got it on sale for $10. Very nice addition to the bar, I think.
Bottled in Bond
In the UK all whisky is bottled in bond - meaning before excise duty has been paid.
In North America, the term is used to describe whiskey, usually bourbon, bottled after four years in the cask, at 50% abv or more.
I suppose that applies to Ireland as well...however, they didn't get it quite re American BIB.
The Whisky Bond
"I remember, one day, I was putting a case of 12 of the best malt on the conveying belt to go to the sealing part were you had the customs officers, and I tripped and the case fell on the floor and all the bottles broke and the whiskey was pouring out.
I stood and cried thinking I would get the sack but the boss with the Customs Officers said: "You are OK, Ella as the duty slips are not on the bottles and the whiskey is worthless without the final duty on the bottles." I was so relieved and the boss took me into the office and made me a cup of tea."
A good article on the high taxation in Ireland
Drinking for your country - whiskey and tax
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
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