Bottle dating guide
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.
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.
(via Walter Hurst) If you’re lucky enough to score a dusty bonded whiskey your job is even easier because the green tax strip will state both the made (distilled) and bottled date.They're often disappointed to learn that even the earliest of the contour bottles are not terribly valuable because the bottles were produced in the millions.The standardized contour bottle was patented in late 1915 and became more prevalent as bottlers phased out the straight-sided bottles that preceded the famous design.If it’s a dead distillery look it up and see how long the distillery was around for. Search for your bottle (by name) in Google Books under the magazines.Find ads that depict your bottle and you’ll know roughly when it’s from.
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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?