Malt-Teaser wrote:Although this is something I haven't done very much of, I consider it a great idea and way of tasting new drams and making new friends.
But may I ask a question or three of those with more experience than I:
I assume you use some kind of small bottles for sample swapping.
Exactly what do you use?
If the answer is new bottles, how easy are they to come by?
Is it easy to prevent leaks / damages during postage?
Having seen an earlier post about an "online blind tasting", my interest is peaked and I would love to do something like this at some time.
You can use old or new bottles. Old bottles can be bleeched, watched with soap, and rinshed til' the cows come home. That is my method. I can assure you there are clean as clean can be. In the US, healthfood stores have plastic and glass sample bottle, 50- 100 mls. I have bought big ones from time to time to give people I swap with a bit extra of something they seem excited about.
Add whisky, close tight. some people add a layer of plastic on top and a ruber band; that seems overkill. If the bottles are glass, a good deal of bubble wrap works well, and is light thus cheap for sending. I have yet to have a problem with leaking.
I also would love to do some on line tastings, or telepone tastings, blind or other wise. Technology expands our opportuntiies for enjoyment of this hobby.