There are Japanese whiskies with older traditions, but I think the emphasis on age on this whisky's label raises hopes.The first thing to clear up is that, although some bottles of Suntory Old have the date 1899 printed on them, none are that old.Early bottles had the slogan: "A Blend of Ancient Whiskies". Even after Kotobukiya changed its name to "Suntory" in 1963, the Suntory Old bottles appear to have continued to bear the "Kotobukiya" name.One way to tell really old Olds from 1960s versions is the addition of technical information at the far left bottom and far right bottom of the main label.Using physical, manufacturing related diagnostic features, most utilitarian bottles can usually only be accurately placed within a date range of 10-15 years (i.e., 1870-1880 or 1885) . Like many industries making the leap from manual craftsman production to industrialization and automation, technological advances in bottle manufacturing were not immediately accepted by glass manufacturers or their workers.There are several clues to assist in identifying the year and distillery of whiskey bottles.So a 1963 Canadian Stamp on a 7 year aged bottle, actually infers a 1970 bottling date changed design details 5 times since prohibition; Each change marks a period that will identify a point in which your bottle was made ‘between’: 1934-1944, 1945-1967, 1967-1976, 1977-1983 & 1983-1985.
Most bourbons and ryes had a tax strip seal over the cap up through 1985.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.As Berge (1980) noted in referring to bottles, the "..of manufacture of glass containers provides observable attributes which seem to be very useful in a classification of these artifacts." Thus, this page.This bottle dating "key" is a relatively simple "first cut" on the dating of a bottle.