Tastings

A 'tasting' is a small amount of liquor supplied by a licensee for sampling purposes. It is intended to assist customers choose a product. It is not a standard drink measure.

There are only three licence classifications that require additional authorisation in order to provide tastings to customers. They are:

  1. Liquor store licences;
  2. Wholesaler's licences;
  3. Producer's licences.

Tasting amounts are -

  • Wine - 50mls
  • Beer - 100mls
  • Spirits - 15mls

1. Liquor Stores

A liquor store licensee is allowed to supply a tasting provided:

  • The sample is consumed on the premises;
  • The licensee has the authority of the Director of Liquor Licensing to do so under the conditions of their licence;
  • The sample is free; and
  • The product served is from the liquor store licensee's stock.

A liquor store licensee cannot offer customers free samples of liquor directly from a producer's or wholesaler's stock.

The liquor store licensee must supervise and manage the tasting, and supply all samples offered to potential buyers.

A liquor store licensee can utilise the services of a producer or wholesaler when presenting a tasting session to customers, provided the samples come from the liquor store's stock.

A producer or wholesaler will be in breach of the Liquor Control Act if they conduct a tasting with the general public at a liquor store using stock they own.

2. Wholesaler's Licence

A wholesaler is permitted to provide a tasting provided:

  • The sample is consumed on the licensed premise;
  • The licensee has the authority of the Director of Liquor Licensing to do so under the conditions of their licence; and
  • The sample is free.

A wholesaler can assist in conducting a tasting session at a liquor store provided the liquor store licensee supervises and manages the tasting, and supplies all samples offered to potential buyers.

A wholesaler can conduct a tasting away from their own licensed premises provided:

  • the tasting takes place at another licensed premises; and
  • the tasting is for consumption by the licensee, approved manager or an employee or agent of the other licensed premises.

In this instance, the purpose of the tasting must be for obtaining an order of product.

3. Producer's Licence

A producer is allowed to supply a tasting provided:

  • the sample is consumed on premise;
  • the licensee has the authority of the Director of Liquor Licensing to do so under the conditions of their licence; and
  • the sample is produced on the approved premises.

Producers are not bound by supplying free samples to customers and can charge for any tasting offered.

Under the terms of a producer's licence, producers are not permitted to provide samples or tastings of their product away from their own premises.

For example, a producer cannot conduct a tasting session at a liquor store with product they own.

A producer can assist in conducting a tasting session at a liquor store provided the liquor store licensee supervises and manages the tasting, and supplies all samples offered to potential buyers.

A producer can conduct a tasting away from their licensed premises provided:

  • the tasting takes place at another licensed premises; and
  • the tasting is for consumption by the licensee, approved manager or an employee or agent of the other licensed premises.

In this instance, the purpose of the tasting must be for obtaining an order of product.

The Director of Liquor Licensing’s policy, Tastings - Producer’s Licence, provides further guidance to producers who conduct tastings of their own liquor product/s.

Last updated: 16/03/2015 15:57:22 PM

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