August 2022


CTP changes term from “grandfathered tobacco product” In an article recently published by the FDA regarding the Center for Tobacco Products, CTP announced that they are changing the term “Grandfathered Tobacco Product” to that “Pre-Existing Tobacco Product.” This is something to keep an eye on regarding Cigars. While the terminology change doesn’t change anything in the here n now, if we see this continue moving forward as regulation, we will see all of the cigar industry heavily impacted. On Aug. 19, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) updated the term “grandfathered tobacco product” to “pre-existing tobacco product” on all the Center’s systems. As described in the Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA) and Substantial Equivalence (SE) final rules published in 2021, the updated terminology more clearly and appropriately describes these products. You can read the full article here.

** This article was previously published in the Whiskey Network newsletter as a four-part series by Greybeard**  Exploration of Scotch Whisky It is hard to turn around in today’s society and not have heard something about Scotch. You will see it in the movies, television shows, and all over the media and internet. Scotch’s vast history dates back to the 15th century, with the earliest known distillery in Scotland operating in 1494. This article, however, will not be about the history of Scotch, but instead will be a walk through the different regions in Scotland and the Scotches made there. Before we get into the regions of Scotland, there are five classifications or types of Scotch that we will want to understand. Also, it would be good to briefly cover the regulations of how a Scotch is to be distilled. Scotch Classifications Single Malt Single Malts are one of the most common types of Scotches known. The scotch can be classified as a single malt when made at a single distillery, in a pot still, and using only water and malt. Single Grain Single Grain will follow the exact requirements as a single malt, except other cereal grains can be added to the mash bill. Blended Malt (or Blended Single Malt) Blended Malts will be a blend of two or more Single Malts from two or more distilleries. Blended Grain (or Blended Single Grain) Blended Grain will be a blend of two or more Single Grains from two or more distilleries. Blended Scotch Blended Scotch, which constitutes approximately 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland, will contain both malt and grain whisky. Regulations The regulations which define what a Scotch are: Bottled at no less than 40% ABV Contains no additives other than water and caramel coloring Distilled in Scotland…