By @jeanluc on 14th Dec 2009, show post
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@Hewie I agree that a controlled setting is best for tasting.
That said, my first taste of bourbon was magical. It was at a camp ( we were all adults) outside NYC. We were outside. Beautiful stars. Huddled together for warmth, singing songs with one guitarist... magical
The bourbon? Basil Hayden. Never had it since. But I remember it well.
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@TracerBullet you might well be correct in your reading of LO505C L10 01/07 17:42
I would have guessed it to be L0505C
It could be that mine reads: L0117O (or C?) L10 24/02 08:19
Here is the code from a bottle of Macallan CS I picked up in 2013: L0573M L10 11 08 22:33
And here is the code from a 1.75L bottle of Macallan 12yo I picked up in 2018: L0277Y L4 26/06 17:01 While I bought it in 2018 but clearly the bottle had been around for much longer. The more we pool our resources the more we might figure out.
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@Nock, @TracerBullet, L10 is likely the bottling line. The letter C, it has been suggested to be the third batch of Mac CS with the letter M representing the 13th batch.... as good a theory as any.
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@paddockjudge, @Nock, and @TracerBullet:
Edrington which owns both Macallan and Highland Park use this arcane bottle code on the back of the front label. Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain in the past used this type of coding on the bottom back of the bottle. My best interpretation(which may not be accurate) read right to left:
2003 = C
5 (month) = May
05 (day) = 5th
Thus: 5 May 2003
The exception to letter year are O, L, and Q. The "L", in the code stood for "Bottle Line" - according to my research. E&O
Springbank old codes were easy to interpret yy/×××.
yy = year
xxx = days in the year.
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@fiddich1980 That tracks. My wife believes we got that bottle in 2004 so a date of 2003 would make sense.
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@Hewie, I agree with you about whisky outside. It's more about the experience than the taste.
I remember having a number of outside drams of my first bottle of Kilkerran WIP #1 years ago when practically everything in my life was different. Only the whisky stays the same! :)
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@fiddich1980 and @paddockjudge thank you for sharing your wisdom in the ways of the Macallan bottle code reading. I simply didn't know. But I trust your insight.
@Nock Those codes use to annoy me and were cryptic. Upon investigation, I came across an obscure whisky forum. Luckily it was interesting enough for me to print out. I hope this helps.
Since when is Reddit an obscure forum?
@MadSingleMalt Thanks for jogging my memory. I honestly, could not remember where I got the information. Google "whisky bottle codes batch ", and the results are all over the place.
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@fiddich1980, @Nock, @TracerBullet, et alia, find below the link to a dedicated thread for bottle codes on Connosr:
Just finished off a bottle of Dickel Rye and a bottle of The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley.
I already have fresh bottles of both opened and back in the cabinet.
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Finishing the last of Batch 015 Masterson's Straight Rye 10 YO. This batch is the least of all the Masterson's Ryes I have tasted. The last few pours have been a burden...dressed them up with a splash of Masterson's Hungarian Oak 10 YO Rye.
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