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Friday, June 7, 2013

Whisky Storage: The Samples

I used to store my samples in these:

They work quite well, though you'll need to make your own dividers if you don't want samples bumping into each other.  In order to keep my bottles separated, I fashioned a number of grid-like dividers out of the cardboard boxes Amazon would ship these Snap-N-Stores in.

I had a few boxes of these and enjoyed them a lot.  Made me look all organized and stuff.  But then, last month, an alternative presented itself.

When the Long Beach Antique Market makes its monthly stop near our home, Kristen has been known to peruse it and find some great vintage furniture and decor at decent prices.  I join her, partially for some fresh air, partially to search for baseball cards that I will never buy, partially to look for old nudie mags that I (um) will never buy, partially for a big plastic cup of beer.  Without fail, I usually wind up going through sellers' tchotchkes more than she does.  But this time, I found these:

And these:

My ammunition boxes:


and stored...

...but not until after all the boxes were wiped down and thoroughly sanded.  Don't want to get a splinter under a fingernail when I reach for a Springbank sample.  This new sample storage serves me so well, I almost like it more than the whisky inside.  Almost.


  1. Hey, I recognize that little Springbank tube.

    I've just devoted a bunch of shelf space in the upper part of my main liquor cabinet to samples. It's not tall enough for most full-sized bottles (the Kilchoman bottles *just* fit in), but it works out just right for minis and 100-375 mL bottles.

    1. I can't wait to do my Springbank vertical!

      I was moving around things to have a shelf devoted to little bottles the day before I found those crates. I'm still going to do a smaller shelf like the one you're describing.

  2. Now I know where to look if I ever break into... I mean, visit your house.

    Considering whiskey and whisky used to be shipped in wooden crates (see the Shackleton packaging), your storage is decidedly retro.

    1. Yeah, if you find 'em, there's no steel in my ammo boxes. Without intending so, I may have become a whisky hipster.

      Part of me does like all that Shackleton flair. It reminds me of when I used to buy DVDs like crazy. I loved the extra goodies. But after a while I began to focus on the product itself. Was it good or was the flair there to distract? I almost got my hands on a sample of the first Shackleton release. I will keep looking...

    2. The Shackleton (or Mackinlay's Rare Whisky to be more accurate) is the biggest package in the collection due to that massive crate (probably had a weird look on my face when I got the bottle). I don't regret getting it but the box is a bit much when you compare the size of the bottle to the box.

    3. Well, Richard Patterson and Co. do like to put on a bit of show for their products.