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.
Does your dusty bottle of whskey have a UPC on the back?
They fully came into fashion around 1985, but began popping up in the late 70s and early 80s.
If the UPC code is missing you can move the estimated date of the bottle back to at least pre-1985.
How the liquid in the bottle is measured can also be a clue.
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.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.Below is a run through of each along with some additional resources at the end.From 1981 forward all bottles in the USA started carrying metric (ml, liter, etc.) statements.Before 1979 bottles in the USA were measured using the Imperial system (pint, quart, gallon, etc.). If it says ATF on the strip then your bottle is from 1977 – 1985.The switch started happening in 1979 and some bottles from 79 / 80 will carry both on the bottle, but could still carry one or the other. 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 mentions the IRS then it’s pre-1977 which still covers a lot of time, but fear not.