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panzer
02-18-2007, 16:03
Help! I have a problem/question that I hope some member may help solve. What is the best way to ship alcohol (bourbon of course!) between private parties? A relative recently bought me some hard to find bottles and I need to ship them from Oregon to So. Cal. He checked with some of the shipping companies (UPS, USPS) and was told that they only ship alcohol from licensed dealers or wineries, not private parties. Has this happened to anybody else? How do I solve this and get my new treasures down here without doing the 18 hr drive to Oregon? Hope somebody can help out.
Thanks all, --panzer

Virus_Of_Life
02-18-2007, 16:43
I'll be flying to Oregon next week, I'd gladly bring you your bottles back with me. For a nominal fee. :D From what part of Oregon to what part of SoCal are we talking?

cowdery
02-19-2007, 01:36
The reality is that, despite what UPS and the rest will tell you, a properly packed bottle usually can be shipped by common carrier without incident. You might have trouble making a claim should that become necessary, but that probably is the biggest risk.

It's really a "don't ask, don't tell" type of proposition.

TimmyBoston
02-19-2007, 04:59
I've had stuff shipped by USPS and UPS all without incident.

BourbonJoe
02-19-2007, 07:12
I have had much better results (on the receiving end) with UPS. The post office sometimes is very rough on handling packages. All the problems I've had were from post office delivered packages, never from UPS. UPS is a much better venue IMHO.
Joe :usflag:

Ubertaster
02-19-2007, 07:47
I have had the best luck with UPS. Fed EX has disappointed me on several occasions.

bj

ggilbertva
02-19-2007, 13:30
I sent out a box today via UPS. I've found that with both shipping and receiving UPS seems to have the better handling (much better than USPS). I've never had a problem shipping 'product' via UPS. They don't ask.

luv2hunt
02-19-2007, 14:12
I've shipped with UPS and they have asked and I've told the truth. Didn't seem to be a problem.

Dawn

Jazzhead
02-19-2007, 16:35
I've only shipped bourbon a couple of times, but both went via UPS without incident. I listed the item as a "collectible bottle" and never encountered a question.

-Kurt

gothbat
02-19-2007, 18:08
Having everything packed and labeled before you bring it to the shipping office is probably your only option. I really don't see what entitles them to do this but I was told by a friend who used to work for UPS that if they found alcohol they kept it. He, personally, never got anything but his boss has been the unintentional recipient of several bottles of wine.

luv2hunt
02-20-2007, 13:47
Just a suggestion since I've now had my first experience with a leaking package.

Before you pack the bottles.....put them in a ziplock bag. It's the only way I can think of to keep a leaking or broken bottle from escaping the box.

Dawn

ggilbertva
02-20-2007, 14:44
Hmmm...good suggestion. Wish I had done that with the box I just mailed yesterday. :eek:

TNbourbon
02-20-2007, 15:52
Just a suggestion since I've now had my first experience with a leaking package.

Before you pack the bottles.....put them in a ziplock bag. It's the only way I can think of to keep a leaking or broken bottle from escaping the box.

Dawn

I use -- and advise others who ship older, corked bottles/decanters to me to use -- Saran or other shrink-type wrap, which not only seals in any spill, but helps to keep the juncture of stopper and bottle intact should the cork break.

darkluna
02-22-2007, 17:43
Hey, there's not enough good rare bourbon in Oregon to be shipping it out of state! What was it anyway?

panzer
02-26-2007, 14:44
Thanks for all the responses/suggestions. It looks like UPS is the way to go, they are being sent as "glassware" and wrapped well. Each bottle sent seperately, just in case. The answer to the last post is BTAC 2005. My taste buds are waiting.

Virus_Of_Life
02-27-2007, 00:24
Hey, there's not enough good rare bourbon in Oregon to be shipping it out of state! What was it anyway?

You're just not looking hard enough, trust me!

One I will name and others I will not, 1 for instance is Pappy23 at $230 tax free that is probably the best price you'll find on it anywhere.

BourbonJoe
02-27-2007, 04:50
for instance is Pappy23 at $230 tax free that is probably the best price you'll find on it anywhere.

That's not a GOOD price. You can get it in Maryland for $175.00
Joe :usflag:

ggilbertva
02-27-2007, 08:43
That's not a GOOD price. You can get it in Maryland for $175.00
Joe :usflag:

LOL, that is a good price. I'm headed to SC next week and already checked the price on Pappy 23.....a whopping $375! :bigeyes:

jspero
02-28-2007, 08:47
That's not a GOOD price. You can get it in Maryland for $175.00
Joe :usflag:

The store near me has it on the shelf for $175, but they also have a nice 10% on-line coupon. :)

Jay