A friend of mine has come into possession of some rather old alcohol. On one bottle of J&B Scotch, the label looks like this one from 1958 and not any of their later ones, but my friend's bottle has a screw-top cap, not a cork.

When did J&B start using caps? (There is no contact information on their web site to ask them directly.)

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    Try using the web address and just add info@ to contact them. for example: www.abcxyz.com try info@abcxyz.com or contact@ – dougal 5.0.0 Apr 3 '17 at 6:09
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From what I can find I'm not sure I can give an exact answer to the main question (when J&B started using screw caps) but I think I found something that matches your description, from 1972:

https://www.maxliquor.com/product-p/j-and-b-scotch-1972-quart.htm

J&B Scotch Bottle, 1972

As far as I can tell the label matches the picture on the page you linked and appears to have a screw-cap.

Also, on the website you linked to, there are example bottles from the 60's and the 70's. Interestingly though, the 70's bottle has a different label than the one above from 1972.

Given all of this, I would assume the switch to screw caps happened in the late 60's or early 70's and that the bottle your friend obtained is likely from the same time period.

  • My friend reports that this looks exactly like her bottle (aside from hers missing the tag, but that can happen after 45 years). – Monica Cellio Apr 5 '17 at 0:54

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