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    Shipping help

    Quick question...I have been traveling for a few weeks and have acquired quite a few (7 and counting ) bottles if bourbon ( including pvw20, pvw15, BTAC GTS and WLW ) however, with 4 days before I go home, travel is shaping up to be difficult. I have a good sized collection at home and am very diligent to monitor storage conditions ( light, humidity, temp etc... ). All bottles are stored standing up to prevent cork damage.

    For my current dilemma, I am thinking of UPS'ing the bottles to myself....would the bottles sitting on their side for 2-3 days cause any damage or is it unlikely to matter given the short time period? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Shipping help

    They should be fine.


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    Re: Shipping help

    Never had any issues with bottles being shipped to Hawaii and it sometimes takes up to a week to get here.
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    Re: Shipping help

    "Fragile - This Side Up" How hard is that?

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    Re: Shipping help

    youve obviously never worked for a carrier.....it will be put upright, on its side, upside down....you name it.

    It's not gonna matter. Just pad the shit out of it. With the price of those bottles, I think I'd put it in a cardboard tube and THEN pad the hsit out of it inside a box.

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    Re: Shipping help

    The bottles should not suffer any damage from positions but might from handling. A rifle shipped to a gunsmith I know arrived at his shop with the barrel sticking out of it's shatterproof aluminum case, curtsey of UPS.
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    Re: Shipping help

    Thanks...I will be taking extreme padding precautions, and will of course write "this side up" etc...on the box. That said, I won't put much faith in the men and women of UPS ( although to be fair, they have never damaged a package )...I was just ensuring 3-4 days of booze on the corks won't cause permanent damage. I'll give it a go. Thanks everyone.

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    Re: Shipping help

    keep in mind you can check up to 5 liters of less than 140 proof n your baggage on US airlines. I do this all the time when going on business trips, would at least do this with the most expensive bottles if you can.

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    Re: Shipping help

    Don't worry about cork damage. Just think what those bottles go through on their journey from Kentucky to an in-state distributor, then to your retailer. A few days on the cork isn't going to do any perceivable damage, and the cork won't continue to be affected by the alcohol after the bottle is returned to an upright position and the cork dries out.

    As for transportation, I buy a cardboard box and 100' of large bubble wrap from a U-Haul store for transporting large quantities as checked baggage. I individually wrap each bottle, then pad the interior of the box and stuff any gaps. Never had a problem except one that was minor and will never happen again. I had a bottle of OC10 that was unopened and was sealed enough to toss around, but the screw cap was just loose enough to leak about a tablespoon of bourbon into the box. Didn't saturate anything, but the smell of bourbon as I unpacked was disoncerting until I found the cause. I tighten down the screw caps now.

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    Re: Shipping help

    Quote Originally Posted by grantsi View Post
    Quick question...I have been traveling for a few weeks and have acquired quite a few (7 and counting ) bottles if bourbon ( including pvw20, pvw15, BTAC GTS and WLW ) however, with 4 days before I go home, travel is shaping up to be difficult. I have a good sized collection at home and am very diligent to monitor storage conditions ( light, humidity, temp etc... ). All bottles are stored standing up to prevent cork damage.

    For my current dilemma, I am thinking of UPS'ing the bottles to myself....would the bottles sitting on their side for 2-3 days cause any damage or is it unlikely to matter given the short time period? Thanks in advance.
    You picked up these bottles while traveling?! I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I've given up trying to land GTS or Pappy and you were able to find them while traveling. It's like George in Seinfeld deciding to do the opposite, and it working. In any case, enjoy the haul.
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