Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870)

Regulations are current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-06-13. Previous Versions

 No person shall blend or modify in any manner any Irish whisky that is imported in bulk for the purpose of bottling and sale in Canada as Irish whisky except by

  • (a) blending with other Irish whisky,

  • (b) the addition of distilled or otherwise purified water to adjust to a required strength, or

  • (c) the addition of caramel.

  •  [S]. (1) Canadian Whisky, Canadian Rye Whisky or Rye Whisky

    • (a) shall

      • (i) be a potable alcoholic distillate, or a mixture of potable alcoholic distillates, obtained from a mash of cereal grain or cereal grain products saccharified by the diastase of malt or by other enzymes and fermented by the action of yeast or a mixture of yeast and other micro-organisms,

      • (ii) be aged in small wood for not less than three years,

      • (iii) possess the aroma, taste and character generally attributed to Canadian whisky,

      • (iv) be manufactured in accordance with the requirements of the Excise Act and the regulations made thereunder,

      • (v) be mashed, distilled and aged in Canada, and

      • (vi) contain not less than 40 per cent alcohol by volume; and

    • (b) may contain caramel and flavouring.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall make any claim with respect to the age of Canadian whisky, other than for the period during which the whisky has been held in small wood.

  • (3) Where Canadian whisky has been aged in small wood for a period of at least three years, any period not exceeding six months during which that whisky was held in other containers may be claimed as age.

  • SOR/93-145, s. 10;
  • SOR/2000-51, s. 1.

 [S]. Highland Whisky

  • (a) shall be a potable alcoholic beverage blended in Canada from

    • (i) not less than 25 per cent malt whisky calculated on an absolute alcohol basis, distilled in Canada or Scotland, and

    • (ii) whisky; and

  • (b) may, if it contains 51 per cent or more malt whisky distilled in Scotland, be labelled or advertised as containing malt whisky distilled in Scotland.

  • SOR/93-145, s. 10.
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall label, package, sell or advertise any food as Bourbon Whisky, or in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for Bourbon whisky unless it is whisky manufactured in the United States as Bourbon whisky in accordance with the laws of the United States applicable in respect of Bourbon whisky for consumption in the United States.

  • (2) A person may modify Bourbon whisky that is imported for the purpose of bottling and sale in Canada as Bourbon whisky by the addition of distilled or otherwise purified water to adjust the Bourbon whisky to a required strength.

  • SOR/89-59, s. 2;
  • SOR/93-145, s. 11(F).