As part of a larger whiskey enthusiast community, participating in tastings (both known and blind) and trading samples is part of sharing the passion. Over the years I've acquired a rather large collection of sample bottles. For many I know the provenance but for others, I have no idea. The whiskey samples include bourbon, rye, craft, Scotch, Irish, Canadian and out of production. I know I have a couple samples that date back to shortly after prohibition as well as older samples of Mt. Vernon Rye from the 30's, Very Old Fitzgerald from the 50's and Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond from the 50's
I've always intended to pull samples and go through them but my intentions have never materialized into actual execution. I routinely attend tastings and we're always thinking of various themes to try. One recently focused on various expressions of Glenmorangie. I'm planning a tasting for sometime this spring so I'm thinking of using these 2-4 oz sample bottles in a tasting where I may know the provenance or may not so basically a grab bag tasting.
The nice thing about swapping samples is trying expressions you may have never tried or don't want to invest the capital into a whole bottle. A 2 or 4oz sample is a nice "try it" pour before committing.
Guess it's time to take stock of what I have and start digging in.