I also think this a great idea and I'd love to take part in it! Gives everyone a chance to try bottlings they might otherwise not have been able to.
Willie JJ wrote:Another thing that we might consider is everyone buying a bottle and splitting it into samples for distribution so that we can all be tasting good variety and common drams.
I'm happy to do this as well, though there are a few issues that need addressing:
1. In my opinion the minimum sample size to allow for a decent tasting would be 50ml; there are fourteen 50ml measures in a 70cl bottle - I'd have a serious issue with sending that many samples out owing to postage costs and general logistics, particularly if overseas members are involved!
2. That sort of raises the next point: How would the 'bring a bottle' club be set up? The fairest way would be to allow any member to take part, but if we're splitting bottles into samples there has to be an upper limit placed on how many members take part. That means deciding on a sample size. For me, as stated 50ml is the bare minimum to allow for a decent evaluation, with 100ml being better but only permitting seven members to take part.
3. Do we set a price limit on bottles purchased specially for the tasting? Some members invariably earn more than others, and I for one would feel a little guilty at receiving a sample of an expensive whisky whilst sending out one of much lesser cost, even if quality is not an issue.
Another thing we could do from time to time is pool some money together to buy one expensive, hard-to-find bottle, then split that into samples. But then logistics comes back into it, and you have the added problems of unanimously deciding on a bottle and nominating someone willing to collect members' money, buy the bottle and sort the samples out.