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    Bottling Miniatures

    Several months ago there was a thread in alt.drinks.sc****-whisky (cough!) in which somebody who was supposedly 'in-the-know' claimed that distilleries used a lower quality product in their miniatures. Needless to say, this was argued and disbelieved, but this person was adamant.

    Has anybody heard of this practice with American whiskeys? I would think a distillery would want to put some of their BEST product in the minis to try to win people over!?

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    Out of all the miniatures of Bourbon that I have tried , I have yet to find one that caused me any concern that it was of less quality than the larger version of the same label. My $0.02

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    I've had a couple of minatures that tasted like the plastic bottles in which they were contained . I doubt this was a true reflection on the bourbon, only on the cheap plastic-leaching bottles

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    Urban myth. It's the same product in the miniatures. In fact, many of the companies go to great expense to duplicate the packaging of the full size product because the minis are so important for sampling. There would be no benefit to using a lower quality product in the minis.

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    On a airplane, has anyone ever seen anything besides JB White and JD Black? (I did see JB Black - once - and the passenger that got it was clueless as to what it was. I told them that it was fine and that many considered it better than JD Black.)

    Occasionally, I will see WT or MM in a liquor store. And it's only been in Ky where I've only seen anything else than these four I mentioned above.

    Based on this unscientific survey, it seems that only the best selling bourbons make it to miniatures, outside of KY. Therefore, I don't see how distilleries would use them to get folks to sample different products. It seems that they are just supplying their best selling product.

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    Delta now serves Makers Mark.

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    Minis aren't just on airplanes. Liquor stores in some states sell them. I know all of the Jim Beam Small Batchers have minis, as does Woodford Reserve. Maybe you have to fly in First Class to get the good stuff.

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    On USAirways three years ago, first class didn't get you anything different. I did one hundred segments one year which earned me automatic free upgrades to first class for the next year. JB White and JD Black was all they ever had.

    Based on what the other folks here are saying, though, it appears that alot of states have a good choice of minis. NC isn't one of them, though.

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    With the exception of some specialty stores in the city, NY has a pretty sad stocked inventory of bourbon in general, both 750 and 50 ml's... Exceptions naturally are beam white, wild turkey 80 and 101, etc...

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    Re: Bottling Miniatures

    Given the poor availability of various bourbons here in NY, I'm glad there's Sam's and others we can learn about here on the 'Net. I'm also eager to stock up during the visit to KY in September!

    Bob

 

 

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