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Wild Turkey Bottle Codes

On January 27, 2017, Redditor u/Kumori published a comprehensive Guide to Wild Turkey Date Codes.  It has become an invaluable tool for me and many other whiskey enthusiasts.  With the permission of the author, I’ve posted a brief summary of WT date codes below.  For the most up-to-date information, I highly recommend referencing the original Reddit post, as it is amended and updated on occasion.

Summary Guidelines

ERA = approximate dates of bottle release
FORMAT = code sequence
TRANSLATION = how to interpret the code sequence
EXAMPLE = sample of the interpretation
LOCATION = location of the code on the bottle


ERA:  c. 1992
FORMAT:  L1####
TRANSLATION:  L1YDDD
EXAMPLE:  L12358 = December 23, 1992
LOCATION:  Printed on back label or foil enclosure


ERA:  c. 1992-1998
FORMAT:  L-1#-###
TRANSLATION:  L-1Y-DDD
EXAMPLE:  L-15-220 = August 8, 1995
LOCATION:  Printed on back label or foil enclosure


ERA:  c. 1992-1999
FORMAT:  ##/##/##
TRANSLATION:  MM/DD/YY
EXAMPLE:  03/23/1994 = March 23, 1994
LOCATION:  Printed on back label or foil enclosure


ERA:  c. 1999-2006
FORMAT:  L#######
TRANSLATION:  L???Y???
EXAMPLE:  L0611054 = 2001
LOCATION:  Printed on back label or foil enclosure


ERA:  c. 2006
FORMAT:  L####NZ#A
TRANSLATION:  LYDDDN???
EXAMPLE:  L6229NU7A = August 17, 2006
LOCATION:  Laser coded below back label near base


ERA:  c. 2007-2013
FORMAT:  L####FZ ####
TRANSLATION:  LYDDDF?TTTT
EXAMPLE:  L9132FH 1253 = 12:53 PM on May 12, 2009
LOCATION:  Laser coded below back label near base


ERA:  c. 2013-current
FORMAT:  LL/ZZ######
TRANSLATION:  LL/YMDDTTTT
EXAMPLE:  LL/DF021000 = 10:00 AM on June 2, 2015
LOCATION:  Laser coded below back label near base


A special note regarding Wild Turkey bottles released prior to 1992 – bottles of this era should have a two-digit date stamp embossed on the underside of the bottle glass.  For example, a stamp of “87” would indicate a bottle manufactured (not necessarily filled) in 1987.  For more information on dating early bottles (of any whiskey brand), please visit WhiskeyID.com.

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