Labelling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages
Product Specific Information for Brandy

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Country of Origin for Brandy

Brandy that is wholly distilled in a country other than Canada requires a country of origin declaration on the label [B.02.060, FDR]. This declaration must be shown in both English and French [B.01.012(2), FDR]. A minimum type height of 1.6 mm based on the lowercase "o" is considered to meet the legibility requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations [A.01.016, FDR]. The declaration may be shown on any part of the label, other than that applied to the bottom of the container [B.01.005(1), FDR].

As the standards for Armagnac [B.02.051, FDR] and Cognac [B.02.053, FDR] require these products to originate from a specific area, the common name implies a specific origin and a country of origin statement is not considered mandatory for these two products.

Age Claims for Brandy

Claims regarding the age of brandy are limited to the time the brandy was stored in small wood, (defined as casks or barrels) of not greater than 700 litres capacity [B.02.001, FDR] or in other wooden containers. Brandy other than Armagnac, Canadian Brandy, Cognac, Dried Fruit Brandy, Fruit Brandy, Grappa, Lees Brandy, and Pomace or Marc, including any domestic or imported spirit added as flavouring, must be aged and held in small wood for at least 6 months or in wooden containers for at least one year [B.02.061, FDR].

See also Age Claims for general information, including on foreign certificates of age and authenticity.

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