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What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby mikeymad » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:23 am

So, Just in case you were wondering what Ganga and I were going to do with 288 2oz. Boston Rounds anyway.....

Well, I am glad you asked....

For a little while now we have been saving off samples of full sized bottles that we have owned. That we have named 'archive' samples, for future 'use'... (flights, comparison, trades, just general dramming).


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I just got done converting a couple.....


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oooo... Look at all the pretty colors....

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Postby les taylor » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:53 am

Mikey that's a real labour of love. Some are more full than others though hope that's okay.


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Postby killerwhale » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:12 am

they look lovely!
I think it's a great idea and I'd like to own such a collection..... :)
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Postby Di Blasi » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:52 am

Yes, beautiful indeed mikeymad! Nice fotos.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:15 pm

I've been thinking of doing a similar thing--ordering a bunch of 20cl and 10cl bottles. When I open a bottle, I'll immediately fill one of each, and proceed to enjoy the 40 or 45cl left. (Hmm, maybe two 20cl bottles.) That way I can get around to more different whiskies, and keep a large variety in stock and available for comparison and to give visiting friends some variety.

I need to order up some friends, too....
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Postby Jan » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:21 pm

That is one beautiful sight Mikeymad! :shock:

Must have been quite a job?

From time to time I do the same with a beloved dram - but far from consistently and not at all organized like this.
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Postby kljostad » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:26 pm

Thanks for a great idea!

Where is it possible to order sample bottles?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:40 pm

LFW has 20's and 10's--look in glassware, I think. Boston rounds are widely available--do a google search.
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Postby karlejnar » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:18 pm

kljostad wrote:Thanks for a great idea!

Where is it possible to order sample bottles?

You can order them at LFW as MrT said.
Another possibility is the danish site http://www.whiskynyt.dk -> Shop
http://shop.whiskynyt.dk/
(I appologise to all non-danish readers :oops: )

I recently started to stash a 26cl bottle of most of my open malts before they are emptied. Unfortunately some had gone very low so I had to stash a few 10cl's as well, a.o. the legendary 'Laddie' Vintage 1970.
The 65ml and 10cl's are also very good size for exchanging samples with fellow malsters.
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Postby bamber » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:38 pm

Love it - you're like the mad professor of malts.
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Postby vitara7 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:47 pm

thats a shed load of work, all the fidley labels and that... id loose the head after about 5....

well done though, very well done.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:18 pm

Awsome Idea. I started today; if only I had been doing this for the last few years. No time like the present, however.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:15 am

Great link karlejnar!! Thanks for it!! What perfect sample bottles! I might have to put in an order with Mr Fjeld to save/split some shipping costs. :empty:
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Postby karlejnar » Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:39 pm

Di Blasi wrote:Great link karlejnar!! Thanks for it!! What perfect sample bottles! I might have to put in an order with Mr Fjeld to save/split some shipping costs. :empty:

Velbekomme :wink: (You're wellcome) - glad to help. A good idea to collectively order the bottles and save on postage.

BTW: The "shop keepers" are MacNiels and MacLars, the webmasters of http://www.whiskynyt.dk. Nice fellow malsters of mine too.
And before you ask: No - I'm not getting provision on the sales :wink:
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Postby Matt2 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:47 pm

This something I have been looking into as well, and yes I wish I had started a few years ago :cry:

I've got some nice label designs to work with and was thinking of sealing caps with hot wax.

Does anybody know of any problems storing whisky in these bottles for a number of years (5-10 years?).
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Postby mikeymad » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:12 am

Hey Team.....

I didn't know that we were going to have a popular thread out here. I have been away for a little bit. I have not even gotten use to the new Emoticons: :insane:

Thanks for the interest and comments. It makes us feel that we are doing something constructive...

We do have some variation in fill level based on the sample bottle that we had avalible at the time to archive the dram. So the new ones are filled to the full 60ml, the others are from 50ml and 40ml samples.

We used a company here in California. We ordered 288 because that was the price break. http://www.sunburstbottle.com/glass-bottles/clear-glass-boston-round They came out to be about 0.55USD each, and we added the shrink wrap heat sealed cap covers as well. Didn't feel like doing the wax dip.

I am hoping that the long term storage is not that big of a deal. The cap is better than the standard 50ml sample bottle.

Start your collection today.... :thumbsup:

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:57 am

I don't think the shrink wrap will really make a difference in reducing evaporation; there shouldn't be a problem as long as the caps are tight. I think the shrink wrap is more of a consumer reassurance kind of thing. Then again, I haven't seen the actual caps.
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Postby mikeymad » Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:51 am

FYI, they look like this

Sealed:

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The inside

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Postby les taylor » Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:22 am

mikeymad wrote:FYI, they look like this

Sealed:

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The inside

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Cheers,


Mikey the pictures haven't copied for some reason perhaps you could re copy them.


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Postby mikeymad » Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:56 pm

Anyone else having a problem seeing the pics? :shock:

I have been able to see them from two locations

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Postby Lawrence » Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:34 am

:shock:

I can see them very well.
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:55 am

Nice going MikeyMad. Make sure you save some of that Loch Dhu for a sunny day. :thumbsup:
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Postby mikeymad » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:24 am

peergynt323 wrote:Nice going MikeyMad. Make sure you save some of that Loch Dhu for a sunny day. :thumbsup:


Ouch I forgot about that one..... you gotta do what you gotta do...

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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby shoganai » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:32 am

mikeymad wrote:samples, for future 'use'... (flights...


You can get these onto a plane?

Anyway, very impressive.
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby mikeymad » Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:06 am

shoganai wrote:You can get these onto a plane?
Anyway, very impressive.


Yep you should be able to becuase they are under the 3oz limit. So pile them into a 1 quart bag and off you go. Buy toothpaste when you get to your destination. :?
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:41 am

I feel compelled to bring this thread back to the top because there are many of us newer folks who have not seen it and I think that it is simply a brilliant idea.
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:58 am

Yes indeed it is! Like a cataloging system. And with hundreds, I'd guess you'd have to alphabetize them for easy reach. First, I need to get that many different whiskies, and drink most of them up!
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby mikeymad » Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:59 am

:D

Thanks for the free bump Willie....

The collection continues..... Presenting the large graduation class of 2007... in their cap and gowns...

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We are about up to 120-130 samples right now. With about 120 empties to fill...

Sorry for the big picture, but I wanted impact.... :-)

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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby lohssanami » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:15 am

Nice work!
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:57 am

I love big pictures Mikey :D .

They just look better and better.
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:16 am

Beautiful, nice work! It's a great idea maybe that whenever one opens a new bottle, to pour and save a small sample for the future, will also help note what you've tasted. :P
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Newbie » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:18 pm

Thats a awsome idea, plus they look really good all laid out like that!!

Might have to pinch your idea & save some stock for the future :P

Now where to find some empty bottles...
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Ryguy » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:52 pm

Mikeymad,

Great work on building up the collection! I love the idea of having samples from every bottle I've purchased. Now just to oder some 2 oz glass bottles myself...... :D
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby Ganga » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:18 pm

Geez, I need to figure out what needs to be added. You probably want about 20 from me now Mikey.
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Re: What is up with the Archive Samples anyway???

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:09 am

I will take whatever you can spare, it all goes to a good cause..... :wink:

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