Bolivia Recognizes Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey As “Distinctive Products” of the U.S.

Bolivia recently became the 45th country to officially recognize “Bourbon” and “Tennessee Whiskey” as distinctive products of the United States, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The move follows adoption of a final rule by the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax  & Trade Bureau that amends the standard of identity for brandy to provide that “Singani” is a type of brandy that is a “distinctive product” of Bolivia.

“This important recognition ensures that only Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey that are produced in the United States according to official U.S. standards may be sold in Bolivia,” said Robert Maron, DISCUS VP-International Trade. “This action will protect the integrity of these popular American spirits products in this growing market.”

In January 2020, the United States and Bolivia exchanged letters under which the U.S. agreed to recognize “Singani” as a type of brandy that is a “distinctive product” of Bolivia and Bolivia agreed to recognize “Bourbon” and “Tennessee Whiskey” as “distinctive products” of the U.S. within 30 days of the U.S. issuing a final rule recognizing “Singani.”

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