On the other hand I can’t just indulge – work, girlfriend and all the other day to day activities that fills a life impose some constraints, (which is probably quite good for my health ) and most weeks I have just a few drams in the weekends – 2-5 on average, I think.
So, keeping in mind that one should’nt have to many bottles open at a time due to detoriation, it is slow going and I often find myself impatiently looking at the bottles in my modest collection, waiting for the time that I finally can finish a bottle and thus open the next one.
I find myself whishing that there were more halfbottles (35 cl) on the shelfes of the shops I frequent. It would obviously make it possible to buy and taste more different distilleries & expressions and help a lot to finish a bottle in due time.
And therefore this poll. I’m simply curious to hear your thoughts on this – do you find smaller bottlings desirable or do you think that the standard 70 cl bottle is the optimal size ?
A few others have 20cL bottles which is also a decent size.
I'd like smaller bottles to be available but only if its good whisky with a decent closure.
Mini's (50ml) don't give me enough of a chance to sample the dram IMHO.
I pefer to get more whisky for my money, even if this means having a duff bottle sitting on my shelf e.g. ledaig. (at least I have something for my father-in-law to drink!)
As someone said earier Bruichladdich bottle is available in half sizes, not sure on the value for money.
Oh, and I second the screwcap issue; they are indeed terrible..
But I also like the 20cl bottles, you can get from some distillers and bottlers. I have seen some set's of 3 from Bruichladdich, Balvenie, Glenfiddich which is a nice idea as well, as you can try 3 different expressions. The OMC "samples" is another great way of tasting a malt before deciding to buy a full size.
So far I have only had Bladnoch "Sheep" in a halfbottle using cork instead of cap. And this can only be purchased in their distillery shop afaik. It's a nice slim and high bottle. They got them for their first trial of handbottling straight from the cask on site. Since it went well they continued with bottling full size bottles for the shop. But that's another story.
BTW Jan - have you seen the best danish whisky-site: http://www.whiskynyt.dk/
Thanks for your feedback. I had not thought about the 20cl size, but you're right, that is also a good size for trying out new malts.
I agree, that price/unit value is a concern, but considering the alternative: Buying a 2 cl dram at a pub at a much higher price/unit it is not much of a concern for me.
I have not seen many 20/35 cl bottle sizes locally. Do any of you know an (international) online retailer, that carries a selection ?
By only concern is the cost per unit ratio as these 20cl bottles would be more costly.
Nick Brown wrote:When I see a half bottle, I just can't help focusing on the half bottle that's not there.
I agree with you wholeheartedly, Nick. I buy quite a few bottles from Europe, and am always sort of bothered by the missing 5cl -- compared to the 75cl bottles we have here in the US .
It is like throwing one perfectly sized dram away just for crossing the pond. Of course the opposite must be true as well.
At one point it was cheaper to buy two of the mickey's than the larger 26er of Glenlivet at the local LCBO. The only time I don't like smaller bottles is when they charge a 750 ml price for a 500 ml bottle, (Artisan cask Glenmo leaps to mind).
Generally the 1/2 size bottles are a good cost effective option if they are available in your market area. They allow you to enjoy something without paying the premium price for the larger bottles: 700ml, 750ml, 1 L.
However, They do make nice gifts. If I enjoy a bottle, I will sometimes buy a half bottle of it and gave it to relatives on their birthdays. That way I know what I'm giving them, knowing a whole bottle isn't wasted if they don't like and well, since it isn't for me, the cost I guess
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