Spirit drinks - issuing a compliance report

According to the authorisation by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the RS, 44/2004), our laboratory has been designated as an organisation authorised for determining the conformity of spirit drinks quality for the purposes of official control or inspection.

Spirit drinks are all drinks with an alcoholic strength above 15% vol. with exception of some aromatised wines. When issuing spirit drinks conformity reports, we distinguish between procedures we for spirit drinks without geographical indication (namely, the majority of spirit drinks) and spirit drinks with protected geographical indication.

Spirit Drinks without geographical indication

SAMPLING:

The producer (client) can bring the samples in person or send it to the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia. The analyses require only one (1) bottle with a volume of 1 l that should be taken after the entire quantity of the spirit drink is well homogenised.

A RECEPTION SHEET must be filled out when submitting a sample.

OBLIGATORY ANALYSES:

Physico-chemical analyses for spirit drinks are: alcohol strength (%vol), total dry extract (g/l), relative density at 20°C (-), content of methanol (g/hL a.a.) and total content of volatile compounds, namely aldehydes, esters and higher alcohol (g/hL a.a.).

In accordance with European and Slovenian legislation, individual spirit drinks also require additional analyses (e.g. for absinthe, determining thujone is obligatory).

PRICE:

Price without VAT for a report on the conformity of a spirit drink is EUR 120.40.

Spirit drinks with geographical Indication

In Slovenia, the following spirit drinks are currently protected with the geographical indication: kostelska rakija, kraški brinjevec, brkinski slivovec, gorenjski tepkovec, dolenjski sadjevec, brinjevec, domači rum, pelinkovec, janeževec, orehovec, viljamovka and borovničevec. For all the mentioned drinks, we verify their conformity with the individual rules on the relevant drink.

SAMPLING:

The client can bring the samples in person or send it to the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia.  After scheduling a visit (phone +386 1 2805 160), the samples can also be collected by our authorised representative.

A reception sheet and a statement on spirit drinks with geographical indication must be filled out when submitting a sample. For analysis, at least three (3) bottles with a volume of 0.75 l are required. They should only be sampled after the entire quantity of spirit drink is well homogenised. Upon delivery or if collected by a representative, the producer must fill out the Statement on spirit drinks with geographical indication. With their signature they confirm that the requirements for spirit drinks with geographical indication have been complied, that the spirit drink was homogenised before sampling, the total quantity of the drink is reported and the marking of the container and the batch is given.

OBLIGATORY ANALYSES:

Physico-chemical analyses for spirit drinks with geographical indication are in the majority of cases the following: alcohol strength (%vol), total dry extract (g/l), relative density at 20°C (-), content of methanol (g/hL a.a.) and total content of volatile compounds, namely aldehydes, esters and higher alcohol (g/hL a.a.). Sensory analyse is obligatory for all spirit drinks with geographical indication. For some spirit drinks with geographical indication, additional analyses might be required in accordance with Slovenian legislation.

PRICE:

Price without VAT for a report on the conformity of a spirit drink with a geographical indication is EUR 130.50*.

*The price for some samples can also be higher due to the requirements under relevant rules for determining additional parameters.