Did you ever get any information on the "LLJ" code? Just so happens I checked one of my local stores & discovered 2 bottles of the "Map" Talisker
10, along with one "Rock" (which I already own.) I bought both "Maps"
I recently wrote Diageo asking about their various codes. A representative responded very quickly and very nicely explained about the code on the newer bottles, but the individual was not knowledgeable about the older codes, such as the "LLJ" codes. For the newer codes I was informed:
'LxxxxCM000 xxxxxxxx (where "x" represents a number). The first digit
indicates the year the product was bottled and the next three indicate
the day (out of 365). The subsequent numbers indicate the plant and time it was bottled. For instance, your bottle of Talisker
18 yo with the lot code
L4322CM000 04750887 would have been bottled on the 322nd day (Nov. 17) of 2004.'
I e-mailed back about possible further avenues for additional information and am waiting at this time.
I really believe the "LLJy" code (where "y" is a letter) comes from the '90's, but I'm not positive. Does anyone know when the "Classic Malt" line came into being? I've found a Talisker
10 yo and a Glenkinchie 10 yo that both have LLJA codes. The packaging
on both of these are slightly different from the other LLJ bottlings of Talisker
and Glenkinchie. Neither of these boxes have the "Classic Malt" symbol (the one with the Quaich device in the center), actually printed on the box. Instead there is a sticker with this device placed on the box. Further, the symbol does not say "Classic Malts of Scotland" but, instead, "Classic Malts Lowland" for the Glenkinchie and "Classic Malts Isle of Skye" for the Talisker
. Finally, neither box has a listing of the other Classic Malts on them. The Glenkinchie box is dark green instead of usual burnt orange and the back panel is blank. The Talisker
box has the same map but the back panel has a brown stripe down the middle instead of listing the other Classic Malts.
Whew. Well, all this is to say that I believe these may be early or first bottlings of the Classic Malts which the "A" in the LLJA code might indicate. But what does the fourth letter represent? Is A the first year, B the second year, etc? I read somewhere that someone thought they might be half year codes. I really don't know. If someone knows when the "Classic Malt" concept started, we might know what year the "A" represents and then work from there. Any other thoughts?
That's the best I can provide at this time. I'll let you know if I find anything else.