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US bottles used the imperial system until 1980 (pint, quart, gallon, 4/5 quart, etc.).
Starting January 1, 1980 all bottles were required to use metric measurements (750ml, 1 liter, etc.).
– Prior to 1973, green bonded strips denoted the size of the bottle, for example 4/5 qt, on one end of the strip. Below is an example of a 1945-1960 style strip (click to enlarge).
– 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).
Bottled in bond tax strips are green; non bonded tax strips are red and do not show the years.
Other distilleries use date codes that are more cryptic.See the Van Winkle Timeline for examples of Buffalo Trace’s coding scheme.Browse the photos on this site to see if you can find a matching bottle that’s already been identified.– 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).