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  1. #11
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    Re: Shipping help

    It wasn't all luck...I knew I'd been visitng various towns and made calls weeks in advance. There is a wine dealer in NC who I have done business with in the past who made my life easier.

    The bottles are now in the back of a ups truck...they are as safely wrapped as i could hope for so now I just need to count on ups doing their job

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    Re: Shipping help

    Too late for this trip but I like to use "wine diapers" that help protect most standard shaped bottles and catch leaks if they happen. I also diligently save packing material from internet spirits shippers. My favorite come from Astor Wines I think which are plastic air filled cocoons that also fit most standard shaped bottles. Seem to work well to protect bottles in luggage if they are well secured in the depths of your checked luggage.

    My max so far was 17 bottles that found their way home with me in my luggage from London.

    I also think it is a good idea to apply extra tape to bottles that don't appear to have a substantial plastic or foil cover on the cap or that have been opened already. Angels Envy comes to mind. They use a paper strip over the cap that seems a bit fragile.

    And of course always tighten those screw caps! I have learned that lesson the hard way as well.
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    Re: Shipping help

    Quote Originally Posted by DBM View Post
    I tighten down the screw caps now.
    Wrap them with electrical tape.
    Life's too short, and there's too much good whiskey within reach.

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    Re: Shipping help

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    I also think it is a good idea to apply extra tape to bottles that don't appear to have a substantial plastic or foil cover on the cap or that have been opened already.
    I've even had problems, twice, with leakage from unopened bottles with those thermoplastic "wax" seals. Both times I noticed a small air bubble in the sealing material, but figured that it would still be safe to transport wrapped in bubble wrap in my checked luggage. When I got home, each time the air bubble had somehow burst (air pressure change?), and I lost about an ounce each time. One was a WFE10, and the other was a VSOF12. Now I double-check bottles for air bubbles in the wax seals before I make my purchase.

    Edit: corrected EC21 to VSOF12. Must be drinking too much today...
    Last edited by Conquistador; 11-23-2013 at 14:55.

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    Re: Shipping help

    Ok, I've never tried to send bourbon to anyone but want to send 4-5 bottles to an unfortunate friend who lives in a very bourbon-poor town. Can you guys help me with the best way to do this? I know to pack everything very carefully, but what company will ship bottles of liquor (UPS, Fedex, other)? Do I have to pack the box before going to the store and tell them it's something else? Can I just take them in and pack them there? I'm trying to send from CO to NM (too far to drive obviously). An help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Shipping help

    I pack and seal the box before I go to ship. I ship UPS only because it is near to my house but have received FedEx without any problems. If asked, I am shipping collectable glass. Bubble wrap around the bottle, placed in a golf club box cut to size, into a larger box with peanuts, Tape well , and off to the UPS store. Tim

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    Re: Shipping help

    Time for an update as to whether they arrived safely, or whether the antler of a GTS was sticking out of the box when it arrived?

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    Re: Shipping help

    Remember that it's against both Fedex and UPS policies to ship spirits as an individual. For the most part it's don't ask don't tell. The best way to insure the don't ask is create online account, create shipment label online, then just drop off at designated ship point. I like to add a few beans to box to mask the sloshing sound.

    Also, since you are violating their policies, don't expect them to insure package if damaged. But if you pack well, the odds of being damaged are very low.

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    Re: Shipping help

    I had a friend visiting his wife's family in Europe a while back, and her family across the pond loved Black Velvet. So he took like 6 bottles packed in his luggage. All but on popped it's seal during the flight because of the air pressure I am guessing. He was in for treat when he arrived. Spent the entire first day doing laundry.

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    Re: Shipping help

    Had that happen with some bottles of Rum brought in from the Caribbean back in the 70s, real mess but a great scent.
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