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    Potato Whiskey

    How on earth did this get by the TTB?

    https://www.ttbonline.gov/ALFD/publi...10327003000001

    Last time I checked, Potatoes weren't a grain.

    Anyone heard of or tried it?
    Last edited by sku; 04-02-2012 at 17:00.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    and it's from a company with "Clear Spirits" in the name. Maybe "Aged Vodka" didn't market test well.

    That said, it's clear enough what they are doing that the TTB couldn't say there was an intent to decieve.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    That said, it's clear enough what they are doing that the TTB couldn't say there was an intent to decieve.
    Yes, they're clear about it being made from potato, but it clearly doesn't meet the definition of whiskey, which requires the distillate to be from grain. If you're going to have potato whiskey, why not grape whiskey, sugar whiskey, apple whiskey...or for that matter potato rum? It's very weird.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    and it's from a company with "Clear Spirits" in the name. Maybe "Aged Vodka" didn't market test well.

    That said, it's clear enough what they are doing that the TTB couldn't say there was an intent to decieve.
    Deception isn't the issue. Does whiskey need not be distilled from grain?? I thought it had.

    (Wow, SKU. You beat me by a second!)

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    (Wow, SKU. You beat me by a second!)
    That's why they call me the fastest whiskey geek this side of the Pecos.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Here's the text defining the whisky class:

    "
    Spirits distilled from a fermented
    mash of grain at less than 95%
    alcohol by volume (190 proof) having
    the taste, aroma and characteristics
    generally attributed to whisky and
    bottled at not less than 40% alcohol
    by volume (80 proof)"

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    How on earth did this get by the TTB?

    https://www.ttbonline.gov/ALFD/publi...10327003000001

    Last time I checked, Potatoes weren't a grain.

    Anyone heard of or tried it?
    Why are you so sure it did get by TTB? Yes, I can see the COLA, but has anyone seen this product in the marketplace? I would object to TTB, but not before I know this product is actually on sale somewhere.

    It looks like it became a vodka along the way.
    Last edited by cowdery; 04-03-2012 at 08:48.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Why are you so sure it did get by TTB? Yes, I can see the COLA, but has anyone seen this product in the marketplace? I would object to TTB, but not before I know this product is actually on sale somewhere.
    Yup. It's for sale in Colorado: http://www.superiorliquormarket.com/...L_p_20453.html

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Don't you think it's weird that the Boulder Distillery's web site has nothing on it about its products?

    I have queried TTB, with a copy to Boulder Distillery. I'll let you know what happens.
    Last edited by cowdery; 04-03-2012 at 09:06.

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    Re: Potato Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Don't you think it's weird that the Boulder Distillery's web site has nothing on it about its products?
    Yes, though I look at a lot of micro websites and they vary a lot. Some of them don't update very much so only have a few of their first product up, but most of them at least have some product description. The only thing they have is "Home of 303 Vodka, 303 Whiskey and Rob's Mtn Gin.

 

 

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