What does “Bottled in Bond” mean? The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was enacted to ensure the quality of the product and safety of the consumer. In the mid-1800s’ many less than reputable companies were selling concoctions of ingredients and calling it Whiskey. Few met the definition of a distilled spirit, much less whiskey. Thus the Bond Act of 1897 was born. Giving the consumer assurance that what they were buying was the real thing. Meeting strict guidelines was the only way for a spirit to be deemed a “Bonded” Whiskey… Enjoy with confidence!