I started to wonder whether miniatures are "nono" or why there hasn't been any talk about miniatures here at the forum. (I tried search and got only two quite poor hits.) It would appear to be budget solution for searching good whisky that one might order later in bigger bottle, but is the taste different or is there other reason why this issue hasn't been covered earlier here. Should I ashamed because I have ordered few miniatures for my "trials"?
I quite often get miniatures when I'm curious about a whisky but don't want to buy a full bottle at first. The only thing against miniatures is that it doesn't allow you to try a whisky a couple of times and so discover notes you didn't notice at first. But for a first impression, they're fine IMHO.
I believe that the UK and the EU have a broader range of minis available, but there are places in the US which offer a good selection too. Japan's reputation for them is formidable
Not only are they a 'safer' way to experiment a bit, but they also can be purchased while one is otherwise on a buying 'freeze'. For example, I recently found an OB Longmorn and another version bottled by Cadenhead. I doubt that I would purchase a full bottle of both for the H2H, but my total outlay for the minis was $15 or so ... not bad.
There are many full-fledged mini collectors out there, and so it may be difficult to locate some expressions.
Go for it! Enjoy them! You can even arrange a tasting of minis ... let participants bring their own, and swap a bit before starting. It can be great fun, and a nice alternative to the costlier full-out tastings. Each 50ml bottle holds 2 moderate-size drams, right?
[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 07 May 2002).]
P.S. I have measured three 5cl bottles, each have been so far nearer to 6cl than to 5cl.
[This message has been edited by Ize (edited 08 May 2002).]
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