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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Peter's Exchange Samples Reply with quote

Well, let's get the ball rolling...

I'm fairly new to exploring whiskies, so these are all at the less expensive end of the market (around £30 - £40/bottle, bought from Waitrose/Sainsbury's/Amazon). Consequently, I'm guessing that they won't be of much interest to most inhabitants of the forum. But we all have to start somewhere, so let's see.

List deleted 12 July 2017: see my posting below




Samples will be 50ml (5cl), i.e., a double measure. You're free to ask me to open an unopened bottle. In principle, I'm willing to have the order in which bottles are opened dictated by swaps, as long as I don't feel I have too many open at a time. The worst I can do is refuse..

Please PM me if you're interested in anything here, and we'll see if a swap can be agreed.

Peter.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will add that I have had problems in sending more than 4 samples at a time through Royal Mail.. although I'd recommend sending through them always do recorded delivery to safe guard yourselves..
A padded bag is ok but a small box or tube is far better.. wrap bubble wrap tightly around the bottles..
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorren wrote:
I will add that I have had problems in sending more than 4 samples at a time through Royal Mail.. although I'd recommend sending through them always do recorded delivery to safe guard yourselves..
A padded bag is ok but a small box or tube is far better.. wrap bubble wrap tightly around the bottles..


Thanks for the advice.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Peter, nice one for getting this started, just added my own list.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorren wrote:
I will add that I have had problems in sending more than 4 samples at a time through Royal Mail.. although I'd recommend sending through them always do recorded delivery to safe guard yourselves..
A padded bag is ok but a small box or tube is far better.. wrap bubble wrap tightly around the bottles..


Sound advice Sorren, nice one, guessing you have much experience at this 😀
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I send out about 20-30 samples a month, and receive a similar amount.. also I and a good few friends swop on a regular basis so yes I have a little experience.. it's great fun although we generally do it a little different, we just send blind and there is no problem with thinking " I've sent you better than I received " but then we kind of know each other's likes and dislikes.. and it's fun seeing what you get..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorren wrote:
I send out about 20-30 samples a month, and receive a similar amount.. also I and a good few friends swop on a regular basis so yes I have a little experience.. it's great fun although we generally do it a little different, we just send blind and there is no problem with thinking " I've sent you better than I received " but then we kind of know each other's likes and dislikes.. and it's fun seeing what you get..


Hi Sorren - Just as a matter of interest how much does it cost you to send samples recorded delivery as you recommend?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cost varies as I usually send 3cl samples and can be anything from 1-5 samples and usually multiple packs each time so generally don't take notice of individual prices but usually £3-5 .. or so
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorren wrote:
The cost varies as I usually send 3cl samples and can be anything from 1-5 samples and usually multiple packs each time so generally don't take notice of individual prices but usually £3-5 .. or so


That sounds about right. This morning, I paid £4.45 for first class recorded delivery of the two 50ml samples that I sent to jwbassman. He tells me that he got stung rather a lot more for the two that he posted to me. Careful analysis of his receipt might be informative!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess even multiple samples packaged together shouldn't end up bigger than what Royal Mail calls a "Small Parcel", in which case 1st Class Signed For under 1kg is £4.45, as you paid. Even going up to 2kg it is still only £6.60 for 1st Class Signed For.

I'd think it'd be pretty tough to push it over to the more expensive "Medium Parcel" category.

Details here: http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/RoyalMail_2016_Prices.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys

Sent another set out today using the correct service this time - £4.45 for Small Parcel 1st Class Signed For Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: I was asked for a swap sample of my GlenDronach 12YO yesterday, so that's now open.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now who would make you open another bottle.. tut tut
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorren wrote:
Now who would make you open another bottle.. tut tut


I wasn't made to do so. I did it willingly. It's hardly a problem to open a bottle of my current favourite.

No single malt toight, though - it's Famous Grouse + American ginger ale + Deep Purple Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You lost me at Deep Purple. Lol. Too much of a bad thing - my father in law is also a fan (although clearly not of music) Laughing
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