I've always groused over the tins with no birthdates on them. I have been noticing a pattern with Escudo tins, I have them hidden well (worth their weight in gold, nay, latinum) and usually they never last long enough to be examined in detail. Yes, I smoke that like its going outta business.
Anyhoos, I'm sitting here salivating over a year old tin that I'm contemplating popping. Mighty self control exerted, let me tell you! Then I flips the tin over and my aged eyes scrutinize the barcode. Oh my.
Apparently these tins DO have a date code.
On the left of the barcode, the jumble of numbers. I checked other tins and I do believe the pattern is ... drum-roll ...
YEAR DATE MONTH (and four digits of gibberish)
this fine tin appears have been born on July 9th 2008. This is consistent with my purchase date, which was Sept '08 and at that time, there was a glut of Escudo available and there was mundo stock at the vendor for several weeks 'afore.
I did check a couple of other tins and the dates do match up, always a month or two before my greedy paws grabbed them.
Gentlemen, rotate your Escudo tins! Peruse their rear ends, post the datecode and your purchase date. We may be onto something, something big, something bigger than string theory.