Dating antique whiskey bottles

Bill Lindsey's fantastic bottle identification and information site.

Loaded with detailed descriptions and diagrams, and luscious high res photos, this is a superlative one-stop educational resource and vicarious digger experience.

But last weekend, after a few days of antibiotics, I was feeling better. So what to do when you finally feel good enough to leave the house, but still sound like you’re dying?

Go antiquing and scare some old folks into think they will catch their death from you.

Not that they are lying or anything, but often they just don’t tell you.

Some dude rents a shelf and fills it up with things that might be really old…or just from a few years ago.

And when I say antiquing, I obviously really mean go buy old whiskey advertisements and bottles…sadly mostly empty.

But it isn’t just the liquor inside that I would want in any case. Someday, I’ll have a good place to display them all. And as I still have no tastebuds for tasting, I’ll be breaking this up into a few posts until I get them back, and then I’ll throw one in here or there as well just to keep things interesting.


It is a mid market blend (below Hibiki in Suntory's blended whisky pecking order but above Kakubin and the bargain basement Torys.) There are various ways to tell younger bottles from older version.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.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.I have a feeling this post is going to disappoint some people.

I get a lot of questions emailed to me and posted as comments here about the age and value of Suntory Old bottles.

That doesn’t mean it’s always easy, and figuring out the exact age can be a real hassle, but there are 11 basic clues and resources I use when trying to determine how old a dusty bottle of whiskey is.


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  2. eric   •  

    Mødes man for hurtigt, kan det vise sig, at den person slet ikke er, den han/hun havde udgivet sig for at være. Så mangler man bare at aftale en lille ting, før man endelig kan mødes.

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