I’ve been doing bottle shares since forever, and recently I started a group on Facebook (hidden and such) for the usual suspects of them. Those guys get first crack since they’re participating a lot and also because they’re in The Netherlands. That’s just making things easier for me.
The following two didn’t fill up there, so now’s the chance for everybody else to join in the fun!
Bottle share: Compass Box Flaming Heart Anniversary Edition and Compass Box ‘This is not a Luxury Whisky’.
‘This is not a Luxury Whisky’ is a blended whisky from Compass Box, and the next in line of their rather awesome blends (remember The Lost Blend and The General?). In this case it’s a whisky made up of:
- 79% 19 year old malt whisky aged in first fill Sherry butts from the Glen Ord Distillery
- 10.1% 40 year old grain whisky from the Strathclyde distillery,
- 6.9% 40 year old grain whisky from the Girvan distillery and
- 4% 30 year old malt whisky from the Caol Ila distillery.
It is bottled at 53.1%.
‘Flaming Heart’ is one of their usual suspects but this one is slightly more luxurious since it’s the anniversary edition. They’ve already released some other anniversary editions but this is the newest and the first I’m actually going to do a bottle-share of. This one is made up of:
- 27.1% of 30 year old and 38.5% 14 year old Caol Ila whisky
- 24.1% of 20 year old whisky from Clynelish
- 10.3% of undisclosed Highland whisky aged in ‘French Oak hybrid casks’
It is bottled at 48.9%
5 cl of this bottle share will cost € 30, 10 cl will cost € 60 and so on.
If there’s enough enthusiasm I might also do the other Anniversary editions, but first have to get this going.
Currently there’s 40cl available.
Bottle share: Willett whiskey
I’ve always been enthused by Willett whiskey. They used to have ancient ryes available but those have all gone and go for astronomical prices in auction. So, we’re down to the younger branches of the family.
This bottle-share will consist of the following:
Willett 2yo Rye (own distillate) op 55.4%
Willett 2yo Rye (own distillate) op 54.9%
Willett 6yo Rye op 58.7%
Willett 8yo Rye op 58.8%
Willett 7yo XCF op 51.7%
Own distillate means that they’ve distilled this themselves. The brand never went away, but the distillery was shut down for a long time. They’ve been firing the still for a couple of years now and the two year olds are from themselves. The others are from MGP in Indiana.
The XCF is an Exploratory Cask Finish, in this case a French Curacao cask. Curacao is a liqueur made of Laraha fruit (a citrus fruit native to Curacao). This is the expensive one in the list.
5cl of these costs € 40, 10cl is a tad cheaper at € 75
Currently there’s 50cl available
Let’s hear it!
Prices are calculated as follows. I order the bottles and the total amount of that is split by 12 or 13 (so I get my sample of either 10cl or 5cl for free). I then add a couple bucks for the bottles. Packaging is included in the price.
Why do I get my stuff for free? Because I organize this, obviously. There’s a lot of work involved in sampling, labeling, going through the post office. It also counts as a fee for those who bail after participating. Unfortunately that happens and can be a drain on funds in some cases.