Distilled Spirits Labeling

Note: We are currently updating the distilled spirits labeling guidance below to be consistent with the current distilled spirits labeling regulations at 27 CFR part 5, which were recently amended by Treasury decisions T.D. TTB-158 and T.D. TTB-176.


Distilled spirits must be properly labeled before it can be sold in the U.S. marketplace. This guidance will help you understand TTB’s requirements for distilled spirits labels.

Wine LabelsKey Distilled Spirits Labeling Topics

Getting Started with Distilled Spirits Labeling

Mandatory Distilled Spirits Label Information

Optional Distilled Spirits Label Information

Applying for Label Approval

Laws, Regulations, and Other TTB Guidance

Related Information


Blue icon with a white book.Getting Started with Distilled Spirits Labeling
Learn about basic labeling requirements for distilled spirits.

Overview of Labeling Requirements


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Blue icon with a white note and checkmark.Mandatory Distilled Spirits Label Information
An explanation of each statement required to appear on most distilled spirits labels

Required information on the designated brand label

Required information on any label

Designing your label? Use this Mandatory Information Checklist prior to applying for label approval.

NOTE: Want a concise guide to mandatory labeling information? View the Distilled Spirits Beverage Alcohol Manual.

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Blue icon with a white plus symbol.Optional DS Label Information
Guidance about labeling distilled spirits with this optional information

Most commonly used

Dietary information

  • Fanciful Name
    (mandatory for specialty products and optional for other spirits)

  • Alcohol Content
    (may be expressed in degrees of proof in addition to the required alcohol by volume statement)

Production claims


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Blue icon with a white note.Applying for Label Approval
The TTB approvals you need for your labels and how to obtain them

Preparing to apply

Using COLAs Online

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Blue icon with a white lightbulb.Laws, Regulations, and Other TTB Guidance

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Frequently asked questions Presentation and seminar materials
Formula information  Other related information

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For more information on labeling, contact us at 202-453-2250 or toll free at 866-927-ALFD (2533), or send us a message using our ALFD Contact Form.

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Page last reviewed: June 30, 2021
Page last updated: May 12, 2022
Maintained by: Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division