Update: It appears this method of dating is now out of date.
This is a question we get asked a lot around the office: "How do I date Dunhill tobacco tins?" While the older offerings can be a bit tricky, we've got a few tips to help you determine when your recent Dunhill tin was produced so you can cellar and age your tobacco more efficiently.
Here's an example of the manufacturer's date code (starting with CB) you might find on a Dunhill tin — just left of the barcode and serial number:
CB - The manufacturer: Scandinavian Tobacco in Assens/Denmark.
31 - The machine on which it was produced.
2 - The year of production starting with 2010 (2012).
C - The month of production in descending order A-L (March).
8 - The day of production within that month (March 8th).
And there you have it: a simple, easy way to date Dunhill tobacco. Just check the code at the bottom of your Dunhill tins and follow this simple table. Pretty soon, you'll have all your favorite blends carefully organized by date in your cellar.
Have any tips or tricks of your own for dating Dunhill or other tinned blends? Feel free to share in the comment section below.
Please Note: These methods were given to us by the manufacturer, and were correct at the time of publishing.