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Distilled Spirits

Last updated: June 14, 2017

What Does Distilled Spirits Mean?

Distilled spirits are alcoholic beverages that are obtained by distillation from wine or some other type of fermented fruit, or a plant juice from a starchy material. Its alcoholic content is higher than beer and wine. The production of distilled spirits is based upon the process of fermentation, which is the natural decomposition of carbohydrate containing materials. This occurs naturally whenever carbohydrates and yeast are available. The distillation process purifies and removes diluting agents.

Safeopedia Explains Distilled Spirits

Distilled spirits are not subject to the labelling requirements of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAAA) as they relate to the Hazard Communication Standard, when they are subject to the labeling requirements of the FAAA. While it is legal for unlicensed individuals to make their own beer in all 50 US states, it is illegal to distill beverage alcohol anywhere in the US without a license.


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