A few months ago, my husband and I (who live in Southern CA) spent a lovely week in Scotland visiting distilleries and trying all sorts of whiskys. We had not actually planned to purchase a lot of bottles, so we were caught unprepared when we realized we had more bottles than we could comfortably lug from train to ferry to train, etc. The shop we were in when we realized we had hit critical mass did not ship to the US, but they gave us a box and pointed us to the post office. We packed everything up and shipped it to ourselves and thought nothing of marking it "spirits." You can imagine what happened next.
The box was ultimately returned to the B and B where we had stayed. We did more research and prevailed upon the B and B owners to re-send it to us. They shipped it 2-day through Royal Mail and marked it "collectibles." This was still not the right thing to do, and it was scanned to determine what the collectibles were, and then it was returned again to the B and B as it was alcohol.
Does anyone have ideas that do not require a plane ticket? We are willing to try one more time to ship, but we'd like to maximize our chance of success. It is 9 bottles and we've tried to ship them together, should we split it up? What should we declare it as, since "collectibles" was wrong? Should we ship it to a business address instead of our home? Should we give up? I've read through the other shipping threads, but most questions are about buying from existing stores, or they are several years old.
All help and advice are appreciated.