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How big should a sample be?

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What size of sample do you prefer?

3 cl
5
14%
5 cl
17
47%
6 cl
7
19%
10 cl
7
19%
 
Total votes : 36

How big should a sample be?

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:15 am

I'm just wondering what other people think about this. Personally I find 3 cl a bit small and 10 cl too big, then I might as well buy the bottle. Personally I prefer a 5 cl, it's enough to have a few drams, more than 3 even.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby lockejn » Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:49 am

I chose 5cl because that's the size I'm mostly likely to have on hand for making samples. That's easily two drams for evaluation, which should be sufficient. I think 10cl is preferable when possible, but that's pushing the definition a bit.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:26 am

lockejn wrote:I think 10cl is preferable when possible, but that's pushing the definition a bit.

Guess I like "pushing the definition", then. :wink:

Reason being that a 10cl sample permits three 'solid' drams worth of evaluation... Quite important when one is really trying to come to terms with a whisky and also experimenting with how well it reacts to the addition of water (not that I normally add water when simply 'enjoying' a pour, but it can help in assessing more nuanced characteristics - especially in the nose).

With 10cl at hand, one is easily able to 'revisit' a whisky in its undiluted state after having previously 'opened it up' with water.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby AdamMY » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:04 am

I guess I went with 5 cl because when I sit down with a whisky, it is usually for several hours worth of enjoyment, while relaxing. So even those 5 cl mini bottles I usually pour the whole thing in my glass and give it ago.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Alzarius » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:54 am

5-6cl. That's enough where you can get a very good idea of the aromas and taste, and evaluate it over a decent amount of time. Anything less, like 3cl, will just disappear too quickly. The empty bottles I purchase to share with friends are about 2oz, so 6cl. Close enough.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:22 pm

I think 5-6cl is probably enough to make a reasonable judgement, although I believe there is no substitute for sitting down with a full bottle and really getting to know it. I always try to keep a 10cl of everything for later use though.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:30 pm

I voted 6cl or about 2oz
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:20 pm

Typically, I like 6 cls because I can split that with someone and still get a healthy taste of the product. 20 cls is a good way to go sometimes as well, especially with sherry matured whiskies as you will have the chance to work on it simlar to a full sized bottle or in the case of a small gathering of folks to evaluate the whisky.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby corbuso » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:40 pm

2 or 3 cl is large enough if you have to pay for it.
For swapping, 5-6 cl is better. 10 Cl is too much, especially when the content is not good.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:53 pm

Thank you for the replies.
Keep them coming, please. :thumbsup:
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby bredman » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:55 am

corbuso wrote:2 or 3 cl is large enough if you have to pay for it.
For swapping, 5-6 cl is better. 10 Cl is too much, especially when the content is not good.

What if the content is better? If you send 10cl you should receive 10cl in return. I think that the bigger the sample the better. This way the whisky can be sampled more than once or at least more thoroughly, especially for writing tasting notes.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:18 am

A little off topic but I read the following account from writer Nicolas Coldicott who lives in Tokyo. He wanted to try a 50YO Yamazaki at a bar who had a half price special. Ended up paying Y9000 which is about $112-115 for a whopping .5cl samples. Yep 5mls. :insane:
http://drinks.coldicott.net/
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:02 am

5 ml is too little. :empty:
But better than nothing. :P
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby dramtastic » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:13 am

Well as the story goes he had to share it with two Scotts he was with and they didn't kick in a cent.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Ras Mazunga » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:11 am

Rofl.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Swedish Chef » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:03 pm

I voted 6cl. That should give you two decent drams. Might be hard to come by in metric countries though.
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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Wave » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:10 am

5cl is ample enough but I'm always open for a little extra. :mrgreen:


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Re: How big should a sample be?

Postby Drrich1965 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:16 am

When I trade with buddies, I tend to send 2oz bottles. I use Boston Rounds- they are very hearty easy to fill. I use 4oz sample bottles of each bottle that I open to save for a few years down there road....
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