Those are the websites and shops selling whisky samples that I can think of off the top of my head. There’s probably a lot more that I haven’t found or already have forgotten.
What I’m getting at is that there are a LOT of samples available on the internet in a very wide range of prices, distilleries, casks, bottlers and even styles of booze. I was talking about this with Christof at Maltstock who inspired me to do bottle-shares in the first place. The market is full, he stated.
This got me thinking. About a year and a half ago I didn’t have any problems filling 30 spots on a list for a bottle-share. With the last few bottle-shares I barely got to one set of bottles in the end. People say they’re interested but cancel or I don’t even get up to 13 interested dudes (13 +1 = 14. 14 * 5cl = 70cl).
Add to that that doing a bottle-share is a lot (A LOT) of work and a financial hassle (people paying late, cancelling after everything has been ordered, getting sample bottles, filling and sending) and my conclusion can only be that it’s not really rewarding to do it on a regular basis.
I have decided that I am not going to quit doing Bottle-Shares all together, but I will be much more selective to what will be shared and when. I won’t be doing the Bladnoch stuff anymore, nor will I do random SMWS and Gordon & MacPhail samples. Things that are still viable options is, for example, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and such expensive and limited releases.
Another change that I’m going to make is that I’ll be trying to sell more 10cl samples instead of 5cl. This saves me heaps of work and the biggest/most often heard comment I got was that the samples were too small. With a good friend of mine I have been sharing bottles for a while now (each gets half a bottle) and this is a very nice way of doing things. A four to seven way split seems nicer than a 1/14th share.
Justed wanted to let you know!