Rectified spirits are illegal for nonmedical purposes in some nations (e.g., India), but they are legal in most industrialized nations. Until recently, they were banned in Canada.
In the United States, a rectified spirit labeled as Spirytus Stawski is imported from Poland by Stawski Imports of Chicago, Illinois. It contains 96% alcohol (192 proof) and is also available in 76% alcohol (152 proof).
Another popular rectified spirit in the United States is Everclear, bottled by Luxco. Everclear is available in both 95% alcohol (190 proof) and 75.5% (151 proof), although a few states have banned the 190-proof variety.
In Polish, spirytus rektyfikowany means rectified spirit. The Polish product is distilled to slightly above 95% (190 proof). Tourists can buy and drink spirytus in Poland, but it is illegal to export it. Enforcement of the export ban, however, is fairly lax.
In German, rectified spirit is generically called Primasprit (colloquial) or, more technically, Neutralalkohol. It contains 96.5% alcohol (193 proof) and is usually available in apothecaries only (some Russian food stores do sell it as well). In former East Germany, it was available in regular stores.
In Germany, Primasprit is most often used for making homemade liqueurs; other types of use are rare. Most of the Primasprit produced in Germany is made from grain and is therefore a neutral grain spirit.
Tender Notice: Shree Tatyasaheb Kore Warna Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Seeks Extra Neutral Alcohol, Rectified Spirit and Specially Denatured Spirit (India)
Sep 23, 2010; WARMANAGAR, Maharashtra, Sept. 23 -- Shree Tatyasaheb Kore Warna Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd. has a requirement for extra...