Hi Mr TH ,
I thought i'd posted the breakdown of costs elsewhere on this rorum but on a search couldn't find it , so if i have i apologise , here they are ....
The Original Cost of Purchase = £195 (32 litres of Port Charlotte at about 72% ABV)
Administration Fee =£30 (to cover C&E paperwork etc ).
Bottling Cost (£30 per case x3.25 cases [1 case = 12 bottles]) = £97.50
Duty (which is £19.56 duty per litre of pure Alcohol) on 39 bottles [Number of bottles x size of bottle x ABV] 39 x 0.7 x 61.4%=16.76L/A X £19.56 = £327.83
Vat = £80.87 (on everything bar the original cost if i remember rightly !)
Total = £731.20
So if we then divide this by the 39 bottles , we get a cost per bottle of £18.75 !
but now there's an additional factor to add on to the cost , the "Jim Murray" Factor , so going off the price rise in the OMC Ardbeg 1975 after he praised it each bottle must be worth at least Ooh.....£500 now.........
I didn't include the cost of the labels in this price as i done them on my printer but i had prices ranging from 0.5 Euros each for high quality Glossy ones (not self adhesive) to just over £100 for a roll of 1000 self adhesive ones (http://www.selfadhesivelabels.com
, again quite high quality). Actually quite a lot of printers are not interested in low volume runs .
I had a case sent over to me for Christmas 2005 seeing i couldn't pick them up at the time of bottling
and i think that cost me £15 , but the rest i picked up from the distillery at Easter . A friend of mine from America (Washington state) is on the verge of getting his Bloodtub bottled so it could turn out interesting to see how he gets it home and what the customs do . The same lad had an unfortunate incident with a courier company , he was shipping several bottles (not just 1 or 2 !) of the Plowed Port Ellen within the states ( from the importers in San fransisco to where he lives i think ) and they decided to destroy the lot for the good of the country !!!!! He was not a happy man !
I must say it's one of the best things i've ever done , there's nothing like having your own bottling , there's only one thing to do now ...own your own distillery !!!!!
hope that helps