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sku
05-13-2011, 17:22
Someone on another forum contacted me and told me they had a bottle of Stagg in which the front label fell off so they couldn't identify the year, but the bottle has an etched on bottle code: K2431008:31

I know there are some whiskies (Ardbeg for one) for which you can decipher the date through the code. Does anyone know if this is true of Stagg, and if so, where there might be a list of the codes?

Thanks.

wadewood
05-13-2011, 18:05
label fell off? Those labels don't just fall off. Anything that bottle went through to have label "fall off" probably made contents inside undrinkable or someone removed the label on purpose.

OscarV
05-13-2011, 18:06
Um, yeah, what Wade said.

craigthom
05-13-2011, 18:19
label fell off? Those labels don't just fall off. Anything that bottle went through to have label "fall off" probably made contents inside undrinkable or someone removed the label on purpose.

I don't know. It could have been in a flooded basement for a few days, but if the seal held, or if the neck was out of the water, then the contents would be fine.

sku
05-13-2011, 20:03
He got it on ebay (yes, he bought a bottle without a label - hey I wouldn't do it) and wants to confirm it by the bottle code.

callmeox
05-13-2011, 20:04
Caveat emptor.


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B.B. Babington
05-13-2011, 20:15
the cork seal also came off?

sku
05-13-2011, 20:35
the cork seal also came off?

The cork seal doesn't really tell you anthing does it? Don't they all look the same?

I looked at one of my Staggs (2010) and couldn't find a similar code on it. I wonder if it's something they do for export only.

EDIT: Never mind, I see it now. Very feint below the label.

cowdery
05-13-2011, 23:11
The whole deal sounds screwy to me too.

callmeox
05-14-2011, 06:34
I would think that the lack of a front label makes it extra-extra collectible.

Josh
05-14-2011, 06:53
Maybe he could buy a hydrometer and test the contents to see what the proof is, and id it that way. My guess is that it will come out somewhere around 80 proof.

RyanL
05-14-2011, 07:31
The cork seal doesn't really tell you anthing does it? Don't they all look the same?

I looked at one of my Staggs (2010) and couldn't find a similar code on it. I wonder if it's something they do for export only.

EDIT: Never mind, I see it now. Very feint below the label.


I have several bottle of 2010 and I have some differing numbers on those bottles, all obtained from the same liquor store.

It did or didn't come with a cork seal?

No cork seal should definitely tell you one thing...DO NOT BUY!!!!

sku
05-14-2011, 09:30
Someone who works at a distillery sent me this helpful info:

I believe when you're trying to read a bottle code, its always easier to start at the end. So I would read K2431008:31 as...this was bottled at 08:31am (I believe it's always military time), in '10, on the 243rd day. I am not so sure the K has any meaning. I believe that is how it's read, but I could definitely be wrong.

Pirate762
05-14-2011, 09:40
A bottle I have of the GTS 10 has the code printed on the bottom of the bottle below the back label. This bottle code is K2351010:24.

So that would mean it was bottled on the 235th day of 2010 (August 23, 2010) at 10:24??

I will look at some others later and post them.

A GTS 09 has the code in the same place only in larger letters. It is K2310913:08. That would make that August 19, 2009 at 1:08pm.