Reveal Video #10
It’s another unboxing video, and another round of “huh, I really did NOT expect Grandma to have that!” I should probably stop trying to even imagine what all might be in there! But this was a really fun bottle pick, with lots of bottles that will be fun to research and taste!
Prefer to read than watch? Look for the transcript beneath the video!
Okay, this is definitely not something I expected in grandma’s collection.
Hello and welcome to My Tiny Bottles, the project where I’m exploring my grandmother’s legacy of miniature liquor bottles, one tiny bottle at a time.
It’s time for another reveal video and not just any reveal video, reveal video number 10. Thank you so much if you’ve been following My Tiny Bottles from the beginning.
If you’re new to the project, this is one of my favorite parts. It’s where I get to find out what new bottles I’ll be researching from my grandmother’s collection of hundreds of minis, most of them, 30 to 50 years old. So it’s always an exciting day, and thus we have the box of fun and the all-important magnifying glass.
All right. Going to start off with some that are wrapped in paper. Some of these are wrapped in paper, some of them are just loose. I’m always really careful not to look at the loose ones when I grab them. But let’s start here.
Okay. All right. This is going to be really good. Smirnoff Vodka. Mostly empty – it’s okay, it probably tastes the same as if it were full. But Smirnoff Vodka has really, really interesting story. And I’m really looking forward to telling you that story. I’m not going to give you too much of a spoiler now, so you’ll come back later. That’s really cool.
This is definitely an older bottle of Smirnoff. It’s 65.5 proof. Now these are probably UK proof. Which is less than American proof, but this is less than 40% alcohol by volume in both countries, I believe. So that’s extra fascinating. And I don’t even know where to start with this one. Huh. Alright, so that’ll be, that’ll be really interesting.
So yay, we’re off to a good start.
(unwrapping next bottle) When I was pulling this one out I thought it was really Interesting, because it was square.
Okay, this is definitely not something I expected in grandma’s collection. I don’t know why. There so often I’m like, oh, grandma won’t have any of that in her collection. But this time, yeah, I didn’t expect it. And here it is. This is Japanese whiskey.
This is Suntory Royal, right? So Japan started making whiskey and they wanted to make whiskey like the best people in the world so they went to Scotland and learned how to make whiskey in Scotland. And so they make a style that’s very similar to Scotch, but they sort of applied their Japanese principles to it and really came up with their own style.
This is a very, I assume early example of that. It’s got a tax strip and most countries got rid of tax strips after…
Yeah, so this is like 80s. This is gonna be, I can tell you already from the tax strip – yay tax strips – This will be like, 1982 to 1985 Japanese whiskey. I don’t even know what to expect.
I’m not really knowledgeable a Japanese whiskey. But this is going to be a great opportunity to learn more.
(On to the next bottle)
All right, no boxes here. This one’s glass. I always like the glass ones.
(sighs) Well, they can’t all be winners, right?
Seagrams! Our favorite, uh, recurring character! Friend of the pod? The Seagram’s company is the elephant in the room of these bottles and they have a fascinating story which I will continue to tell. Fortunately, it’s a very long story.
So this is Cara Mia, which is a chocolate almond cream liqueur. Like other cream liqueurs I have discovered so far before, this one is pretty solid, so not going to be sampling this one. Oh well.
Alright, another glass bottle. It doesn’t feel like that Seagram’s shape. Let’s go for it.
B&B! I think I already have a bottle of B+B. We’ve already talked about B+B. This is why I always get an extra bottle. So B+B, Benedictine and Brandy, you can go back, I don’t remember what number it is now, but you can totally find my story all about this.
All right, so we’ll set that one over here. This is why I always grab an extra bottles in case one of them is weird.
Now this one is also exciting, right? So this is Cointreau. Cointreau is an orange liqueur. I like to think of it as the queen of the triple sec. It’s so good they usually don’t even tell you it’s triple sec.
So this, again, you know, 70 proof. So this is not from the US or Canada. This is going to be a UK bottle because they calculated proof differently.
So this is really interesting. It has a lot of small print on it. And, most of the words in French.
So that’s, that’s really exciting. Mostly full. A little bit smaller than most of the minis, so it’s a mini mini!
I’m intrigued. This is a good set so far. I’m really happy.
Okay, so we got one more. I try to pick five.
(pulls another bottle from the box)
And the last one, well, again, they can’t all be winners.
So, recurring characters these days are Seagrams and Schnapps. And so this is not a Seagram’s schnapps, but it is indeed a schnapps.
De Kuyper Original Apple Barrel Schnapps. So we’ve had the De Kuyper original Bluesberry Schnapps. This one is their apple barrel schnapps. So I’ll have to find something else interesting to tell you about DeKuyper, or Schnapps or apple barrels.
Yeah, maybe I will use it to tell you about apples because apples have an absolutely fascinating history, and I’m pretty sure this particular bottle of schnapps does not have an absolutely fascinating history.
All right, well thanks for unboxing with me. Come on back as I start to dive into the stories of these bottles. If you know anything about them, leave a comment.