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HighTower
04-29-2007, 04:07
I was wondering how easy it is to come across bottles of Maker's Mark VIP, the ones with the personalized labels. Are these commonly sold in retail outlets? I wanted to get one to commemorate a good friends wedding.
Thanks!

Scott

barturtle
04-29-2007, 05:44
Very easy...at least in Kentucky damn near every place that sells Makers stocks the VIP too.

kbuzbee
05-02-2007, 10:25
....but.... it's the same bourbon inside, isn't it??

Ken

Vange
05-02-2007, 10:29
Yes, I asked a rep at a whisky show a few years ago and he confirmed they only make one bourbon. So, the VIP is just packaging.

kbuzbee
05-02-2007, 10:58
Thanks Vange, I thought that was the case.

Don't get me wrong. I like MM but all these marketing attempts to make one product seem like something new or superior are kinda insulting, ya know??

Ken

Vange
05-02-2007, 11:14
Here's how it went down. I was a bit tipsy and I started talking to the gentleman at the MM booth. I looked around and only saw the red wax dipped bottles. I asked if they were sampling their premium product the gold bottled MM VIP? He then said, "it's the same bourbon". I then replied, "so, it's like $15 more per bottle for packaging? That's it?? What's the point of that?" He shrugged. I smiled and then grabbed a wax dipped shot glass and moved on to the next table.

smokinjoe
05-02-2007, 14:31
Here's how it went down. I was a bit tipsy and I started talking to the gentleman at the MM booth. I looked around and only saw the red wax dipped bottles. I asked if they were sampling their premium product the gold bottled MM VIP? He then said, "it's the same bourbon". I then replied, "so, it's like $15 more per bottle for packaging? That's it?? What's the point of that?" He shrugged. I smiled and then grabbed a wax dipped shot glass and moved on to the next table.

Vange, I think the point of the product is to present it as a gift to commemorate some special event. You get it printed with some sort of name, date, special occasion etc. What's inside is probably irrelevant.

I would guess that the packaging probably is somewhat more expensive than the regular MM standard issue, if for no other reason than economies of scale in purchasing them. But, even with that, what you're paying for is the "opportunity" to commemorate something special with a unique gift.

JOE

cowdery
05-02-2007, 17:00
Yes, VIP is the same whiskey with special packaging. Is the upcharge worth it? If you don't think so, don't buy it. I don't think there is anything misleading about the way they market it.

barturtle
05-02-2007, 19:40
People tell me whiskey tastes better out of a bottle with your name on it.

I prefer mine out of a glass.

T47
05-02-2007, 19:56
Here in WA. the "gift" bottle is $4 more per bottle. I recieved one a couple Christmas's ago and thought it was nice.
I have not done it in a while, but I have given several WT bottles away and both 101 and RB used to have gift labels you could order on line. I think the folks who go them enjoyed them.

HighTower
05-03-2007, 16:11
I like the idea, I love the bottle I have and thought it would be a nice idea for my best mate's wedding. He has started collecting bourbon, and I am sure he would appreciate it.

Scott

Vange
05-04-2007, 12:04
I don't think they misled me in any way whatsoever. I was actually hoping they had a premium product!

Bob O.
05-04-2007, 12:48
This looks to be a pretty cool idea for a gift. Funny thing, I did a search online since I haven't seen these bottles locally and came across 2 different restaurants that had it on the menu alongside the regular MM. Of course at a couple dollars more a glass...unfortunately the Restaurants probably believe it is something different on the inside.