into the United States in 1991. The following year Black Death
was banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
, which asserted that the liquor
's name and label—which featured a sinister image of a grinning skull
wearing a black top hat—created "the misleading impression of bubonic plague
This image was furthered by the product's endorsement by Slash of Guns 'n Roses.
In October of 1992 the company that originally distributed Black Death in the US, Cabo Distributing Company, won its appeal against the ban in a Federal district court.
I don't entirely understand why one would what to buy a product that created the impression of bubonic plague and poison in the first place. I'm not sure who is more gullible, the ATF or consumers.