Thursday, March 2, 2017

After 80+ Years...There are Some Things You Should Know

Looking at the PLCB's inventory sometimes gives the impression that they never learned to read the simple information on a liquor label. If you call them on it, they are usually pretty quick to blame the vendors, saying they are supposed to provide this information. But passing that buck just proves they don't really care if the information the public gets is correct or not.

Let's see how stupid they were this week.

I can't even begin to come up with any excuse why this isn't filled out correctly; maybe they can't read and type in the same day.
This one is a little trickier because, uh, you know, it's a long way from the 1st to 4th line.
This one is simple if you've been in the liquor business long enough to get your first paycheck: Scotch can only be made in Scotland. Period. The Scotch Whisky Association, the EU, and the US government all agree. In fact, there are a number of these types of spirit; I'll list the others as a service to the PLCB, in case they get confused again.*
  • Bourbon can only be made in the U.S. - so that means it is all domestic.
  • Cognac can only be made in the Cognac region of France - that means they are all imported.
  • Armagnac and Calvados can only be made in France -  also all imported.
  • Irish Whiskey can only be made in, yup, Ireland - again, imported.
  • Brandy de Jerez can only be made in Spain -  so they'd be imported.
  • Tennessee Whiskey can only be made in Tennessee - that means it is all domestic.
Now I know it will take some time to fix this (although a real business could probably do it in a week, or less). So I'll keep posting examples just so they don't forget or ignore it, like they have been for the last 20 or 30 years. You know..."in the public interest."

Went to see the chairman, strangest I could find,
Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line.
I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewels,
But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools.

We deserve better - PRIVATIZE NOW.

*If you have any questions about this you should have asked them decades ago but just in case - here is the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance letter on the subject.

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