Dating whiskey bottles too busy for dating
Hang in, Kilost, someone will be along shortly who actually knows something.having spoken to a friend of mine there is a way but you try finding somebody to tell you it seems to be a closely guarded secreti believe you can go back to the early eighties but i am not sure it would be nice to know richard Think this is mad?
He/She should try the word association thread on Whisky Chat...
Correct me, Kilost, but I think you are asking about label markings, or numbers stamped right on the glass, on general release bottlings, so that one could tell, for example, if this bottle of Talisker was bottled in 2005 or 1998.
Someone has addressed this, and if no one answers here, I'll look again later for the pertinent thread.
So, L1=2001, L2=2002 and so on, followed by the next number being the day and then you have the time. Diageo use something similar, and easier to read in black etching above the back label - eg my open Caol Ila 12yo OB reads L5310CM000, ie year 2005 310th day and I think the CM000 must stand for Classic Malt. L4 315 4ML - no mention of bottled in year XXXX and no longer reference to specific casks other then 'a special vatting of different syles of Ardbeg' but does mention 'tones of old ex-Sherry casks'. One might infer that this system has been in place since 1891, since that would be A1, but that seems doubtful!
Anyway, my Uigeadails (all unopened, 1 finished which was one of the best bottles of whisky ever) are as follows: L4 068 4ML - this one says 'BOTTLED IN THE YEAR 2004' on the back label and refers to 'a special vatting of 1993... Well I have gotten some good advise but this peticular bottle of Cutty Sark is completely nake other than the US ATF TAX Stamp that hasn't been used for nearly 20 or so years from what I have been told. He/She should try the word association thread on Whisky Chat...
It would just depend really on whether they have the time/inclination to help.
Theer are ways to date the glass (by looking at size and production method and the compounds, but probably even more) and the paper used for the labels as then it can still be a fake whisky where they used old paper and an old bottle, so you'll need to get the whisky checked out as well.
The third picture shows the base of a milk bottle from just after the trun of the century.
I have put up pictures of the lips so that the readers can see how they mold goes all the way over the top as shown below. This is different than an older hand tooled, hand blown bottle.
The pressure from the automatic machine was strong and the molds fit tight leaving only a very thin line.
This means it was bottled in the year 2005, on the 285th day of that year at 9.29pm that day.
The final few digits I think are basically translated as 'Ardbeg'. L5 347 4ML - as above wording, no mention of year, but no flip-box, the box is as per TEN OB.”That's what I was looking for! Presumably M1 will be the year 2011, although whether 0 is at the beginning of the run (L0=2000) or the end (L0=2010) is another question.
Don't you love it when someone answers a question here with a bunch of folderol that amounts to "heck if I know"?