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' Often beginners have a difficult time distinguishing between old and new bottles especially when is comes to modern reproductions.One can find quite a bit of information on my web site and across the Internet about dating bottles based on whether the mold seam goes up and over the lip or if the bottle has a 'pontil' on the base.Before 1979 bottles in the USA were measured using the Imperial system (pint, quart, gallon, etc.). If it says ATF on the strip then your bottle is from 1977 – 1985.The switch started happening in 1979 and some bottles from 79 / 80 will carry both on the bottle, but could still carry one or the other. Tax strips are the blue (if exported), green or red strips that go up the side of the neck and over the cap and will either say U. If it mentions the IRS then it’s pre-1977 which still covers a lot of time, but fear not.It could also just be a proof number or something from the manufacturer and mean nothing at all in regards to age. If it’s a style that’s no longer made do a quick Google search to see if you can find out how long it was made for. Another great way to figure out the relative date of your bottle is advertising.If it’s a dead distillery look it up and see how long the distillery was around for. Search for your bottle (by name) in Google Books under the magazines.In the image above we see that it’s commemorating the 200th anniversary of Evan Williams and on the bottle they say the distillery was founded in 1783. If you can’t decipher them, and can’t find anyone else online who has a clue, reach out to the maker (if possible) and see if they can steer you in the right direction.
It does NOT denote when the whiskey was put in the bottle, as some suggest, but possibly when the bottle was made – or even when the mold for the bottle was made. Reach out and see if anyone at the company can tell you when it’s from.
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Whether you’re trying to date a bottle of bourbon or determine the relative age of a dusty bottle of Scotch the process for US bottles is pretty much the same; it’s a matter of looking at clues and narrowing down possibilities.
Below is a run through of each along with some additional resources at the end.
Look for any clues on the bottle itself that’ll pin point it. Some bottle codes are easy to decipher while others are not, but if they exist they’re a great place to start.
We can break it down to smaller chunks fo time thanks to tax strip changes over the years.