Doing some simple math puts this bottle at Government Warning You know that big block of text on the back of your whiskey that tells you not to operate machinery or be pregnant while drinking? If the UPC code is missing you can move the estimated date of the bottle back to at least pre How the liquid in the bottle is measured can also be a clue. From forward all bottles in the USA started carrying metric ml, liter, etc.
Before bottles in the USA were measured using the Imperial system pint, quart, gallon, etc. Federal Tax Strips Does your bottle of whiskey have a tax strip? 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 says ATF on the strip then your bottle is from — Volume markings removed from ends of Tax Strip. The green Bottled in Bond strips were discontinued starting December 1, Most of that info can be looked up online so you can narrow your date range by looking up who was in charge when the tax stamp was used.
Bottled Under Supervision A little side note here. Though if the numbers have faded you can ball-park it by looking at the verbiage on the strip itself. Federal Law Forbids Sale Or Reuse Of This Bottle Typically embossed on the bottle itself, though sometimes printed on the label, these words will date your whiskey to sometime between — Glass Date I always save this for a last resort, but look at the bottom of your bottle.
Is there a 2 digit date on the bottom? Likely there is and it could denote when the bottle was made.
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. It could also just be a proof number or something from the manufacturer and mean nothing at all in regards to age.
Take these with a grain of salt. And speaking of Googling it… Google Books — Magazines Another great way to figure out the relative date of your bottle is advertising. Search for your bottle by name in Google Books under the magazines. Bottle label designs can change over the years and advertising will always depict what the label looked like at that time so consumers could go out and get that exact bottle. You can basically use advertising as a visual history of label changes.
Nothing wrong with that.