Andrew Wike
How to Date Orlik Tobacco

A few weeks ago, we showed you all how to (relatively) date your modern Dunhill tobaccos. Today we're going to show you a few tricks for dating Orlik-produced blends like Golden Sliced, Erinmore, Escudo, and even some older Dunhill tins.

Much like the Dunhill blends, you have to look to the manufacturer's code for details.

On this particular tin of Erinmore, the manufacturer's code is 1408070314.


1 4 0 8 0 7 0 3 1 4
Year Year Day Day Month Month FPC FPC FPC FPC

  • The first two digits correspond to the year of production. In this case, that means 2014.

  • The next two digits (the third and fourth digits) correspond to the day of production. In this case, that means the 8th day of that particular month.

  • The following two digits (i.e. fifth and sixth) denote the month of production — which, here, would mean July.

  • The last four digits are factory production codes used by Orlik for organizational purposes. No need to worry about these when dating your tins.

So by following this chart, we've learned that this particular tin of Erinmore was produced on July 8th, 2014.

So there you have it: a fast and easy way to date your Orlik and Orlik-produced blends. Just look out for the manufacturer's code in the top right corner of the back label and follow this simple chart.

Have any tips or tricks of your own for dating various blends? Feel free to share them 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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Comments

    • Emmanuel on November 22, 2015
    • I have a tin of Orlik Golden Sliced that does not have a manufacturer's code, but it does have a 4 digit code: 3726. Everything else on the tin mirrors my other tins that do have dates. Any idea how to estimate the date on this?

    • Jakob on February 6, 2017
    • My tin of English original has the code 121213 7677
      So this would mean the 12th day of the 13th month of 2012? Doesn't sound quite right? Perhaps is the 13th day of the 12th month, the other way around?

      Regards!

    • 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.

    • Adam O'Neill on February 6, 2017
    • @Jakob Hey Jakob, just further to my comment above (which was more broadly addressed), we started seeing exceptions to the rule a year or so back, and now these exceptions seem to be the rule. We're going to try to get more information, and will update you here when we do.

    • Jakob on February 9, 2017
    • I just got a confirmation from STG that it is indeed the other way around. Here is the mail (translated from Danish):

      "
      Thank you for your enquiry about the data code on the Tobacco tin.


      Code 1 = 1410024008 Means that the tobacco was produced on the 8th of february 2014 at 10.40 (24hr).

      Code 2 = 140208 Means that the tobacco was produced on the 8th of february 2014.



      The oldest cans have the second code.
      "

      The last four digits are batch numbers and such. This applies to all tobacco tins from STG, not just Orlik.

      Regards

    • Jakob on February 9, 2017
    • Judging from this, it would mean that the tin from the article:

      1408070314

      is produced on the 14th of july 2014 at 08:03


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