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Approximately 1,500 years ago, Polynesians from the South Pacific found the Hawaiian Islands.About 500 years later, settlers from Tahiti arrived and initiated a ruling king for each island.Proof and age were only indicated if the company bottling the whiskey thought it would be a selling point.Some lithograph companies offered generic labels that simply read ‘Bourbon’ or ‘Rye’.Even rectifiers such as Brown-Forman and Paul Jones purchased distilleries in the 1890s and started to bottle straight whiskey brands along with their blends.

The mold seams are clues as to when machine mold bottles were made.The 19th century produced few whiskey bottles compared to the 20th century.For most of the century Bourbon and Rye whiskeys were sold by the distiller in the barrel.The strip stamp became popular and the government used the idea when they passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.In the 1890s the distilleries started to bottle their own products and that is when you start seeing the distillery name on the labels of their brands.The bottle itself will tend to have air bubbles in the glass.

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