Some local friends and I are considering starting a monthly whisk(e)y tasting night. We have no problem coming up with themes (bourbons, ryes, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, bourbon vs. rye, bourbon vs. Scotch, etc etc).
This question is more about logistics. Say we wanted to have at least three bottles present at each monthly event. Assuming these were new bottles (not taken from anyone's personal supply), what is your feeling about an equitable way to distribute costs?
1. One person (me, probably, at least to start) would buy everything. Attendees would pay a fraction of the total cost, depending on how many people attended. Problem: Who keeps what's left of these community bottles?
2. Attendees bring bottles. Some kind of lottery (?) is used to assign who brings what. Whomever brings the bottle keeps what's left. Problem: Some bottles are spendier than others.
I'm sure there are other ways of doing this that make sense. Has anyone done something like this before? What would your preference be if you were attending?