Puck - I order some stuff going back 3 or 4 months and everything was ok, then I tried again, oh a month or so ago and that was a when it was denied.
It doesn't surprise me that your were able to get an order in though. Considering the people who work at those places probably don't know what the heck is going on half the time, they get an order and ship it.....UPS doesn't really know what's in the box, even if they suspect it bottles, it could be wine, which is OK, well sometimes to some states, and they guy picking it probably has a million things to worry about, least of which is what is that box.
Although I have to say, my UPS driver, that I sort of know, did give me a funny little smile when he handed me a box one time with the "So-and-So Liquor Store" return label on it.
I ordered twice from a dealer in New York, online, the 3rd time I tried they sent me back an email saying they don't ship out of state, evidently the kid in shipping had no clue he wasn't suppose to be shipping liquor out of state.
I thought of trying to just place an order online and take the chance that it would go thru. But the one place in Calif that I order from, post it in big letters on the site "NO OUT of STATE......CURRENTLY", another place I called up first....perhaps if I had just placed the order, it would land in some kids lap in the back room and he would have sent it, who knows.
In any case I'm surprise you got it in Texas, I hear they are really strick there.
Yup there is a big ta-do about cigarettes shipping going on, it became and issue in my state when they but another dollar per pack tax on them. All of a sudden everyone was ordering from out of state...dah...what did they think was going to happen.....
And yup, I think it's taxes taxes taxes = money money money
Funny thing, and how ironic, our wonderfull government, always giving us that crap about open borders, free trade, no tariffs, free markets, but you can even order a bottle of scotch, for fear you might screw them out of a lousy buck............typical politicians, talking out of both sides of their mouth.........but don't get me started.