(sm)all about bottles

Only in the late eighties of the 19th century, after the mechanical glass blowing was invented, whisky got bottled in glass. Before that time the whisky became sold in bulk, per barrel or small stone  jar.

The bottles were sealed. Until 1913 the seal was always a driven cork, so you needed a corkscrew to open the bottle. The sealing prevented that the contents of the bottle for outsiders for messing around.  This became less easy… but it still happened.

In the eighties they reused wine bottles, made of very dark glass.
On clear glass you had to pay 11 times more taxes than you would pay for dark glass.  You didn’t had a choice, back in those days. In these days the Whisky bottles are in most cases bottled in clear glass …….

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