Dating antique whiskey bottles
https://books.google.com/books/magazines/language/en Using the info here you should have no problem figuring out at least a ballpark age for your dusty finds.
With a bit of practice you’ll soon have your friends asking you how to date a bottle of whiskey, but if you want to make ‘em “learn the hard way” you can always send them here.
With the rise in price comes a rise in counterfeit bottles placed on the market by unscrupulous people.
The best defense against fraud is to be educated on what a real bottle from that era looks like.
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.
Kind of like playing a game of Clue, except with booze.
If the UPC code is missing you can move the estimated date of the bottle back to at least pre-1985.
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.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. if you’re looking for some other great whiskey bottle dating resources give these a peek.You can basically use advertising as a visual history of label changes. Some states also used their own tax stamps (top left of the bottle above) which can give clues like the State Treasurer’s name, tax rate, State Secretary’s signature, etc. It’s a Manufacturer’s strip designed to reproduce the general look of a tax strip.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. Strips like this were added by many manufacturers in the mid 80’s after the tax strip requirement was lifted.