United States Recognizes Cachaça as a Type of Rum and Distinctive Product of Brazil

Posted 02/22/2013

Sugarcane fermentation equipment. Pure sugarcane juice is used in the distillation of cachaça. (Photo by sheeprus on Flickr.)

Cachaça (or Cachaca) is Brazil’s national spirit, a distillate of fermented pure sugarcane juice. It is the key ingredient in Brazil’s popular national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

On February 25, 2013, TTB will publish a final rule in the Federal Register amending its distilled spirits standards of identity regulations to recognize Cachaça as a type of rum and as a distinctive product of Brazil. This final rule will be effective on April 11, 2013.

To learn more about this regulatory amendment, read the press release (TTB Press Release FY-13-05): TTB Amends the Distilled Spirits Identity Regulations to Recognize "Cachaça" as a Type of Rum and Distinctive Product of Brazil




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