How to Date Dunhill Tobacco
How to date Dunhill tobacco at

Update: It appears this method of dating is now out of date.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:

Dating Dunhill Tobacco at

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.

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    • Flatticus on June 1, 2015
    • Great info! I can help take it back a bit further, thanks to some info received from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group's Consumer Response Rep. They were able to confirm that for a tin code in the same location which was 1103030724, the tin date was March 24, 2011. So I noted it as YY at the start and DD at the end. I didn't have a handy tin to tell me if the MM was the second and third, or else fourth and fifth numbers. Thanks!

    • John S on June 1, 2015
    • Wow, thanks this was really helpful as I just dated my Dunhill tins
      Thanks again!

    • Mark S on June 2, 2015
    • Thanks to the intrepid souls who tracked down this information. The code does seem to track with my newer Dunhill tins.

      But allocating only a single digit for the 'day of production' within a given month ... that doesn't seem right. Unless they have fewer than 10 production days per month for each tobacco. In which case, the digit wouldn't necessarily correspond to the day of the month.

    • Flatticus on June 2, 2015
    • Wait a second. I just pulled a tin of EMP of recent vintage, and the code is just CB023G. Ok, C and B, factory, no problem. 0 and 2, machines, ok. 3 would be 2013, and G would be June. But what about the day and shift? I'm lost now.

    • Andrew W on June 2, 2015
    • These are great questions, guys. First off, thanks for the kind response. So, just to be clear, this table only corresponds to Dunhill tins with the "CB" code next to the barcode. It's not a strict rule either. Shane and I just went back to the warehouse and found some of the discrepancies you all mentioned.

      Flatticus, as you mentioned, sometimes the "day" of production and shift aren't even listed, but the months and years are pretty consistent. This is pretty understandable, and discrepancies like this happen in pretty much any manufacturer.

      Mark, in response to the day of production, I'm honestly not sure. I haven't found a tin with a "day of production" more than a single digit, so it's quite possible that it corresponds to one out of nine "production days" within the month. I'll keep doing some digging; they very well could add another placeholder for the days over "9" as well.

      But for now, if you just look at the year and month of production, that should help with dating.

      Thanks everyone for pitching in. There's not a lot of info out there about the Dunhill "CB" codes, and I think some clarification could be had if we keep discussing this!

    • Flatticus on June 2, 2015
    • Thanks, Andrew, it's certainly a help even if its not completely universal. Definitely keep the discussion going!

    • Matthew on June 3, 2015
    • How to date your Dunhill tobacco? Take it to the museum then out for Italian food.

    • Jason on June 5, 2015
    • Great information, just what I've been looking for. Any chance of repeating this exercise for any other manufacturers?

    • Andrew W on June 8, 2015
    • Thanks Jason! We'd like to put up as many dating guides as we can, but information is pretty scarce. We are currently working on scrounging up some more information on some other brands though, so hopefully we'll have another post up soon!

    • Seattle Breeze on June 14, 2015
    • Love those great information !

    • hboliver on June 16, 2015
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    • Jonny on May 4, 2016
    • One of my friend bought 5 tins of Dunhill Flake from Germany. He showed me the pic with the barcode which is CB027B67, next line is 1402. It makes me confused, because they could been made in 2017...

    • Adam O'Neill on May 4, 2016
    • @Jonny I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's from February 2014, maybe a misprint or a smudge?

    • Jonny on May 5, 2016
    • Thanks Adam. I also have a tin of Dunhill Flake left which barcode is CB023K64 and the next line is 1978. The barcode shows what Andrew has said. But the "1978" has nothing to do with its production date, has it?

    • Jacky Wong on May 5, 2016
    • Some tin have no CB code, just the number like 0807031231. How this work? Someone said the first 2 numbers are the year, in this case would that be correct to say it is 2008?

    • Adam O'Neill on May 5, 2016
    • @Jacky Wong Yeah, that's the Orlik date code. The first six are yyddmm. We did a blog on it here.

    • Adam O'Neill on May 5, 2016
    • @Jonny No, that'd be October 2013. I could be wrong on the first tin, but the other options are that as you say, it's from 2017, or it's from 2007, both of which are impossible.

    • OFFICER on May 30, 2016
    • Thanks for the tip. I've dated all my stored and empty Dunhill tins. However I have two questions. First, why are they "producing" only first nine (1 - 9) days in the month - there is only one number for day in the code? Secondly, how is it possible (if we use this methodology for dating Dunhil tobacco) that I was able to recently buy (in May 2016) two tins of Dunhill Flake in Germany with the code CB027B67 (6th February 2017)?
      I will appreciate very much If someone helps me with this two answers.

    • Adam O'Neill on June 1, 2016
    • @OFFICER Hey there. The tin dating information is all passed along to us from the distributor. It could be that they've changed the way they date tins, or or it could be that the information given to us only holds true in North America, given that they are the US distributor.

    • Joel on November 27, 2016
    • DO you know when the current practice began. I have a tin of Royal Yacht that does not have any letters. 1106045905. thank you in advanced.

    • Adam O'Neill on November 28, 2016
    • @Joel Sounds like it could be one of the older Orlik codes.

    • halfy on December 9, 2016
    • Just saw a tin with number "CB027B67" too on a tin sold in Germany ...

    • Tony on January 23, 2017
    • I don't think this is right. My tin was made on 4th shift? Never heard of 4th shift.

    • Adam O'Neill on February 6, 2017
    • Please Note: These methods were given to us by the manufacturer, and were correct at the time of publishing.

    • RC Anderson on July 17, 2017
    • So I just used this method to date a can of Elizabethan Mixture that I received from you last week and it has a code of CB027C97 which would mean it was made on March 9, 2017, and produced on the 7th shift. An Early Morning Pipe from the same shipment shows to be from November 1, 2012, produced on the 4th shift (CB022K14), and a London Mixture (CB027D17) April 1, 2017, also produced on the 7th shift. Am I doing this correctly? It seems strange that the EMP is already aged 4.5 years when I got it but the others are this year, maybe I am doing something wrong.

    • ron on August 11, 2017
    • I am buying some Dunhill Morning right now and with this info; they are dated December of 2007.....nice! I purchased 2 and just reordered 10.

    • Jon on November 16, 2017
    • According to this dating method, I have a tin of Royal Yacht produced on November 0th, 2013 (!). That was not a typo; it says 0 on the day digit. And like OFFICER, I wonder why there are no tins produced on any later day in the month than dates 1-9 (or 0-9, as Dunhill seems to operate with). I am confident that this is not a valid method to find the date.

      As for the letter representing the month and the number representing the year, I have only come across tins that seem to suggest the system is correct. However, with the date number being clearly wrong, I wouldn't bet that any of it is actually trustworthy.

    • Miller on July 24, 2018
    • Does anyone know how they're dated now?

    • Richard Crist on December 16, 2019
    • Are the STG Peterson tins of Dunhill still using the same date codes?

    • Shane Ireland on December 17, 2019
    • @Richard Crist The Peterson versions of these blends use Orlik's dating code, which is a 10-digit code where the first 6 digits are "YY/DD/MM". I'm looking at a recent tin of Peterson Elizabethan with the code "1907084027" which would date it to August 7, 2019.

    • EzyRider on March 24, 2021
    • Thanks much Shane , looking at a Tin of Peterson Elizabethan produced the same day!

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