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    Re: EU Regs on Bourbon and Ralfy's Western Gold "Straight" Bourbon

    Makes sense.

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    Re: EU Regs on Bourbon and Ralfy's Western Gold "Straight" Bourbon

    Gary I've been curious about the 70 proof on overseas labels. Does that Sykes scale apply only in Great Britain?
    Last edited by squire; 12-17-2010 at 21:02.

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    Re: EU Regs on Bourbon and Ralfy's Western Gold "Straight" Bourbon

    Gary's answer makes sense to me, but could it also be that coloring is allowed in straight bourbon, even in domestic markets, so long as the label says "with coloring", as it does in the case of Western Gold? This would make sense if, as Chuck said in another thread, "Once it's bourbon, or straight bourbon, that's what it is and you can't un-bourbon it any more than you can un-ring a bell":

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...t=14835&page=3

    I don't know the regs like you all do, so I'll defer to your judgment. Cheers!

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    Re: EU Regs on Bourbon and Ralfy's Western Gold "Straight" Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Gary I've been curious about the 70 proof on overseas labels. Does that Sykes scale apply only in Great Britain?
    We don't use proof as a scale over here all our drinks are labeled as %abv, before I got into bourbon I had never heard of proof.
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    Re: EU Regs on Bourbon and Ralfy's Western Gold "Straight" Bourbon

    Mark I understand the abv system in your country went into effect about 1980 or so but do not know whether the Sikes system was still used within the industry.

    All of the Scottish whiskys I have purchased in my country since the late 1960s have been labeled with their proof strength but I'm sure that is comply with our labeling laws. Proof or percent doesn't matter to me as they convey the same information.

 

 

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