Liquor revenue stamp dating
Below is an example of a “faux” strip, though they were brand specific and styles vary (click to enlarge).
– If the whiskey was bottled in bond, it will show the distillation and bottling years, if not faded away over time.
A good example is the early Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, which wasn’t considered bonded and wore a red tax strip, although it was 100 proof and all distilled in the same year.
Also of note: the bottled in bond code was only enforceable in USA, so it’s common to see export bottles marked as bonded that are less than 100 proof.
– In January of 1961, the “Series 111″ was changed to “Series 112″ on red strips and the size of the bottle no longer appeared at the end of non-bonded strips (except for mini bottles, which were excluded).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.– In 1982 the words “Tax Paid” and “Distilled Spirits” were removed and replaced with simply “Distilled” and “Spirits” on the bottom of the strips.Below is an example of a post-’82 style strip (click to enlarge).
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Bottled in bond tax strips are green; non bonded tax strips are red and do not show the years.