More about bottles and age

We will try to give you a insight in the age of old bottles this document will be far from finished and will be adjusted and corrected constantly. We would love to get updates and comment on every aspect of the age of the subjects.

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Barcode

The first product with the barcode, a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum, was scanned on June 26, 1974 at the cash register of the Marsh Supermarket in Try, Ohio. This 10-pack was bought by Clyde Dawson. Sharon Buchanan was the cashier. The gum was priced at 67 cents.

 

For comparison: In the Netherlands the first barcode was scanned at the Albert Heijn supermarket in Heemskerk in January 1977, almost three years later. 

 

So always check out the origin of the bottle and the country of sale and check the scan history of those (that) countries. 


1920 - 1940 the early screw caps

Until the 1920s were bottles made by hand and closed with a cork. With the invention of machine-made bottles were made in a consist way (exact amount of glass for every bottle). This process made uniform screw-thread possible. The cork slowly disappeared in favor of the screw cap.


Dating bottles by adverts.

1912 Johnnie Walker advert 

1935 Johnnie Walker advert

1956 Johnnie Walker advert

1970 Johnnie Walker advert


Italian TAX seals

The Italian government has (as in many other countries) different seals in different periods. So if you have a bottle from Italy, the seal gives you an indication of the age of the bottle. Do not be too sure, because sometimes an old seal was used (because they were still in stock or worse: fraud) over year(s). So you have to check the bottle and labels as well. 

At this URL you can find more info on seals and period not only from Italy but also from other countries. 

 


What is in my blend?

100 Pipers

Allt-A-Bhainne, Ben Riach

 

Ambassador

Scapa

 

Ainsle’s Royal Edinburgh (mid ’60)

Brora

 

Antiquary

Tomatin

 

Ballantines

Glenburgie, Glendronach, Glentauchers, Scapa, 

Miltonduff, Tormore

 

Bell’s

Blair Athol, Inchgower, Glen Elgin, Coal Ila, 

Dufftown, Glendullan, Linkwood

 

Big T and The Talisman

Tomatin

 

Black and White

Dalwhinnie

 

Black Bottle

Bunnabahain, Deanston, Ardbeg, Bowmore

 

Black Prince

Glen Scotia

 

BNJ

Glenmorangie, Ardbeg

 

Buchanan’s

Dalwhinnie

 

Campbelltown Loch

Springbank

 

Chivas

Aberlour, Glenlivet, Laphroaig, Strathisla, Benriach, Glen Grant, Allt-A-Bhainne, Braeval, Longmorn

 

Clan Campbell

Aberlour, Glenallachie

 

Clan MacGregor

Glenfiddich, Balvinie, Kininvie

 

Claymore

Dalmore

 

Compassbox

Clynelish

 

Cream of Barley

Tormore

 

Cutty Sark

Glen Rothes, Glengoyne, The Macallan, Highland Park, Bunnahabhain

 

Dewars

Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, Aultmore, Glendullan

 

Dimple 15

Glenkinchie, Linkwood

 

Dundee

Tomintoul

 

Famous Grouse

Glenturret, Highland Park, Macallan, Glengoyne, Bunnahabhain, Glenrothes

 

Glen Avon

Glenfarclas

 

Haig & Haig

Glenkinchie, Glen Lossie, Cragganmore, Knockdhu, Linkwood, Mannochmore

 

Hankey Bannister

Ancnoc, Balblair, Balmenach, Old Pulteney, Speyburn, Balmenach, Knockdhu

 

Highland Queen

Glenmorangie

 

House of Lords

Aberlour

 

Inver House

Balmenach, Balblair, Speyburn

 

Islay Legend

Auchentoshan

 

Isle of Skye

Glenfarclas

 

J & B

Knockando, Strathmill, Benrinnes, Glen Spey, Auchroisk

 

Johnnie Walker

Caol Ila, Cardhu, Benrinnes, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Glen Ord, Glendullan, Glenlossie, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Royal Lochnagar, Talisker, Teaninich, Glenkinchie

 

Label 5

Glen Moray

 

Langs Supreme

Glengoyne

 

Lochranza

Arran

 

Long John

Tormore

 

Mackinlays

Tamnavulin

 

Mitchell’s

Glengyle

 

Monkey Shoulder

Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Kininvie

 

Naked Grouse

Highland Park, Macallans

 

Old Parr

Cragganmore, Glendullan

 

Old Smuggler

Braemar, Glen Grant

 

Parker’s

Glencadam, Tomintoul

 

Passport

Allt-A-Bhainne

 

Pinch

Glenkinchie

 

Pinwhinnie

Knockdhu, Balblair

 

Queen Anne

Benriach, Longmorn

 

Robert Burns

Arran

 

Rob Roy

Auchentoshan, Bowmore

 

Royal Escort

Glen Scotia

 

Royal Salute

Glenlivet

 

Scots Earl

Loch Lomond

 

Scottish Leader

Deanston, Tobermory

 

Something Special

Longmorn

 

Talisman

Tomatin

 

Teacher’s

Ardmore, Glendronach, Glentauchers, Laphroaig

 

White Horse

Cragganmore, Craigellachie, Coal Ila, Glen Elgin, Lagavulin, Linkwood

 

Whyte & Mackay

Dalmore, Fettercairn, Jura, Tamnavulin

 

William Grant’s Family Reserve

Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Kininvie

 

William Lawson’s

Macduff

 

Writer’s Tears

Midleton pot still, Bushmills 


US tax seals

As in many countries the USA also has seals during certain periods. Look at the link at the Italian Tax Seals box on this page.

USA Regulation

If you see the text “Federal Law Forbids Sale or re-use of this bottle” casted into the bottle, you know that it is a bottle from before 1962 (maybe 1964). This law was introduced after the prohibition in 1933 and was abolished in August 1962. Maybe some old bottles has to be sold later on, because you do not throw old stock away.

 

Another aspect is that after January 1961 the text "4/5 quart" was no longer printed on the tax stamp (strip). 

 

Look on the label for a government warning. If you cannot find one, your bottle was distilled before 1989, which was the year when the U.S. Surgeon General’s warning became mandatory.


Distilleries location

Aberfeldy

Highlands

Aberlour

Speyside

Abhainn Dearg

Islands

Ailsa Bay

Lowlands

Allt a' Bhainne

Speyside

Annandale distillery

Lowlands

Arbikie

Highlands

Ardbeg

Islay

Ardmore

Highlands

Ardnamurchan

Highlands

Arran

Islands

Auchentoshan

Lowlands

Auchroisk

Speyside

Aultmore

Speyside

Balblair

Highlands

Balmenach

Speyside

Balvenie

Speyside

Ben Nevis

Highlands

BenRiach

Speyside

Benrinnes

Speyside

Benromach

Speyside

Bladnoch

Lowlands

Blair Athol

Highlands

Bowmore

Islay

Brackla

Highlands

Braeval

Speyside

Bruichladdich

Islay

Bunnahabhain

Islay

Caol Ila

Islay

Cardhu

Speyside

Clynelish

Highlands

Cragganmore

Speyside

Craigellachie

Speyside

Daftmill

Lowlands

Dailuaine

Speyside

Dalmore

Highlands

Dalwhinnie

Highlands

Deanston

Highlands

Dufftown

Speyside

Edradour

Highlands

Fettercairn

Highlands

Gartbreck distillery

Islay

Glenallachie

Speyside

Glenburgie

Speyside

Glencadam Distillery

Highlands

Glendronach

Highlands

Glendullan

Speyside

Glen Elgin

Speyside

Glenfarclas

Speyside

Glenfiddich

Speyside

Glen Garioch

Highlands

Glenglassaugh

Highlands

Glengoyne

Highlands

Glen Grant

Speyside

Glengyle

Campbeltown

Glen Keith

Speyside

Glenkinchie

Lowlands

Glenlivet

Speyside

Glenlossie

Speyside

Glenmorangie

Highlands

Glen Moray

Speyside

Glen Ord

Northern Highlands

Glenrothes

Speyside

Glen Scotia

Campbeltown

Glen Spey

Speyside

Glentauchers

Speyside

Glenturret

Highlands

Highland Park

Islands

Inchgower

Speyside

Isle of Jura

Islands

Kilchoman

Islay

Kingsbarns Distillery

Lowlands

Kininvie Distillery

Speyside

Knockando

Speyside

Knockdhu

Highlands

Lagavulin

Islay

Laphroaig

Islay

Linkwood

Speyside

Loch Lomond

Highlands

Lochnagar

Highlands

Longmorn

Speyside

The Macallan

Speyside

Macduff

Speyside

Mannochmore

Speyside

Miltonduff

Speyside

Mortlach

Speyside

Oban

Highlands

Pulteney

Highlands

Roseisle

Speyside

Scapa

Islands

Speyburn

Speyside

Speyside

Speyside

Springbank

Campbeltown

Strathearn

Highlands

Strathisla

Speyside

Strathmill

Speyside

Talisker

Islands

Tamdhu

Speyside

Tamnavulin

Speyside

Teaninich

Highlands

Tobermory

Islands

Tomatin

Highlands

Tomintoul

Speyside

Tormore

Speyside

Tullibardine

Highlands

Wolfburn

Highlands

 

 

 

Grain whisky distilleries

 

 

Cameronbridge

Fife

North British

Edinburgh

Strathclyde

Glasgow

Invergordon

Easter Ross

Girvan

South Ayrshire

Loch Lomond

Alexandria

Glen Turner

Livingston

   

 

Closed distilleries

 

 

Former malt distilleries

 

Auchinblae

Highlands

Ballechin

Highlands

Banff

Speyside

Ben Wyvis

Highlands

Brora

Highlands

Caperdonich

Speyside

Coleburn

Speyside

Convalmore

Speyside

Dallas Dhu

Speyside

Finnieston

Lowland

Glen Albyn

Highlands

Glencraig

Speyside

Glenesk

Highlands

Glenflagler

Lowlands

Glenfyne/

Glendarroch/

Glengilp

Highlands

Glenlochy

Highlands

Glen Mhor

Highlands

Glenugie

Highlands

Glenury

Highlands

Hazelburn

Campbeltown

Imperial

Speyside

Inverleven

Lowlands

Killyloch

Lowlands

Kinclaith

Lowlands

Ladyburn

Lowlands

Littlemill

Lowlands

Lochindaal

Islay

Lochside

Highlands

Millburn

Highlands

North Port

Highlands

Parkmore

Speyside

Pittyvaich

Speyside

Port Charlotte

Islay

Port Ellen

Islay

Rosebank

Lowlands

St. Magdalene

Lowlands

Towiemore

Speyside