Reveal Video #8

Some random selections from my grandmother’s miniature liquor bottle collection are better than others. And this is one of the good ones! So many delightful bottles I can’t wait to explore and tell you about in future episodes.

Prefer to read than watch? Look for the transcript beneath the video!

TRANSCRIPT

Teaser:
Now, these were mostly in open bins, so I was very careful to just reach in and randomly grab bottles and that is what I’m going to try to do again now. I’ll start with a paper wrapped one because those are always fun.

After Credits:
Hello and welcome to My Tiny Bottles, the project where I’m exploring my grandmother’s legacy of miniature liquor bottles, the project where I’m exploring my grandmother’s legacy of miniature liquor bottles, one tiny bottles at a time.

Now, if you’ve been paying attention to my tiny bottles for a while, you will know that it is time for another reveal video because I have the box of fun. And I have gone down to the basement and I have picked out a few bottles from my grandmother’s collection.

Now, these were mostly in open bins, so I was very careful to just reach in and randomly grab bottles and that is what I’m going to try to do again now. I’ll start with a paper wrapped one because those are always fun, and my audio people hate dealing with the crinkling.

Ooh! Dubonnet! That’s exciting. So, I don’t know if I have ever actually tasted Dubonnet, but Dubonnet is part of a trend of tonic wines that were popular like I want to say in the early 1900s, maybe late 1800s and they all had quinine in them.

So tonic wines were kind of like the French answer to tonic in British-occupied India, which they were taking to prevent getting malaria. And so there were a lot of these fortified wines made in France that included different kinds of ingredients, often bitter and especially the bitterness from quinine.

So this is a really lovely old-looking bottle of Dubonnet. I, yeah, I have no idea when it would be from, but that’s really cool.

All right, that’s, we’re off to a good start. Let’s try number 2.

All right, Tia Maria! Okay, the Jamaican liqueur it says on the top.

Tia Maria is one of the classic coffee liqueuers. I think Kahlua might have come out before Tia Maria, but they really were very available around the same time, these 2 bottles and you know, different people were fans of each of them and I think it’s probably a rum base. But it’s a coffee liquor I think with a rum base again a really nice old-looking bottle I would guess 1970s just like on a whim but no idea really. Super cool. I’m really excited about that one too.

Next up. Another Scotch! We’ve had a few scotches. This one is interesting in that it is half empty but not made of plastic. It does have a plastic cap, so maybe the seal just wasn’t very good on it.

This is Bell’s Old Scotch whiskey. 100% Scotch whiskey, distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland. Arthur Bell and Sons Limited. 70 degrees proof. So this is definitely from the 1970s because this is before the UK went metric.

So far we found one of these old 70s bottles that was really delicious, so maybe even this half evaporated one will be as well.

Two more for today. Another scotch. Another 70 proof scotch. I think this is a 70s day and I pulled these out of three different boxes so it’s not even like they all got packaged together by decade there’s just really no order in the selection.

This one is Long John Scotch Whiskey. Again, product of Scotland. It’s actually got a guy on it wearing a sort of, not a kilt, but a tartan wrap. That’s very cool. Long John McDonald, founder and distiller, 1825. This one is full. That will be very tasty.

And last but not least for today, hopefully.

Brandy! A very well-known brand of brandy, Christian Brothers Brandy. 89 cents. Plastic. So I’m gonna guess 1980s but it does also have a government warning label on so might actually be a little bit later than that.

So not a brandy that’s really well known today, but actually has some really fun connections to interesting bits of culture in cocktails, let’s say. I’m not going to give you the spoiler on the full episode, but I will have some fun stuff to say about Christian Brothers brandy and how it showed up in an unexpected place.

All right, I am excited about this. This is definitely one of the nicer selections, more fun.

Looking forward to researching these bottles and being able to tell you about them. Looking forward to researching these bottles and being able to tell you about them at mytinybottles.com.

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