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    PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    I apologize in advance as I'm almost certain that this has been discussed. Unfortunately though, I was unable to find the the appropriate thread.

    I think that Colorado did not distribite the Spring Van Winkle allocation. Today, i was fortunate enough to pick up a bottle of PVW 15. This led me to wonder if my bottle was from the Spring 2011 or Fall 2011 distribution.

    I'm unsure if there is a way to truly date these bottles, but on the bottle's side (near the bottom) is a dot matrix printed value. The value on my bottle reads:

    K0760908:13

    This compares to the value from the bottle that I bought last year:

    K0750912:51

    Do these values somehow decode to a bottled on date? If not, are they sequential? If sequential, does anyone know the ranges that correspond to the appropriate releases?
    -Eric

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    A bottle I got in the spring reads K0780907:21. It was purchased in Los Angeles.

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    This has been asked before and someone answered it but I'm not sure where and I don't remember the details of what they said but the info is on here somewhere.

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by wripvanwrinkle View Post
    I'm unsure if there is a way to truly date these bottles, but on the bottle's side (near the bottom) is a dot matrix printed value. The value on my bottle reads:

    K0760908:13

    This compares to the value from the bottle that I bought last year:

    K0750912:51
    Like Ryan, I recall seeing the explanation recently but can't
    recall where.

    I believe the last four are time - 08:13 am and 12:51 pm.
    The 09 before that is the year (2009) and the letters and
    first three numbers are month & date but I'm not sure how
    they translate.
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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by wripvanwrinkle View Post
    K0760908:13
    K bottling line
    76th day of the year (March 17 - Happy St. Patty's Day )
    2009
    8:13am
    Last edited by sku; 11-19-2011 at 10:13.

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Where exactly is the code? I have never noticed before and I just grabbed one of mine from the Spring 2011 release and can't seem to find a code

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by bcrossan View Post
    Where exactly is the code? I have never noticed before and I just grabbed one of mine from the Spring 2011 release and can't seem to find a code
    Nevermind. The one I grabbed had it covered by the label, so I could read it through the front but inverted.

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    K bottling line
    76th day of the year (March 17 - Happy St. Patty's Day )
    2009
    8:13am
    Thanks, Sku! I was thinking that the 076 was probably a julian date, but for some reason thought that they usually bottled in the fall.
    -Eric

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    So I wonder why these (the ones that have been listed in this thread) all seem to have 2009 bottling dates?

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    Re: PVW15 Dot Matrix Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    So I wonder why these (the ones that have been listed in this thread) all seem to have 2009 bottling dates?
    In the PVW Clarification thread in November of 2010, Julian Van Winkle posted:

    "In the last couple of years, we bottled up a 2-3 year supply of 15, 16 year to sell as 15 year Pappy. We still have some 20 year S/W in barrels to bottle as 20 year."

    I believe he was confirming at the time that all of that whiskey was SW, but it may also indicate that they did a big bottling, and have been piecemealing it out, since. So, I guess you could infer that this falls release is from the same bottling as the last couple of releases.
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