I received my membership packet in the mail today and tore into it like a kid on Christmas day. After perusing it quickly I found that the bottle of whiskey that comes with the membership would be arriving seperately, typically in four to eight weeks. Before I could get deflated, however, Ericka pointed to a box on the floor and said that it had arrived for me today. Looking over, I saw that it was, indeed, about the right size for shipping a well-padded bottle of whiskey. Tearing into that one as well, I discovered, under the flurry of styrofoam bits, that such was the case.
I am now the proud, and quite happy, owner of a bottle from Socity Cask No. 39.25. Aged in oak for 14 years, it was distilled in April, 1985, shortly before I graduated from high school. It was bottled in May of 1999 and is 57.7% alcohol by volume. (The Society bottles at what is known as "cask strength." That is, the strength of the whisky direct from the cask. Most commercial bottlings have water added to bring it to a consistant 40% alcohol by volume or 80 proof.)
Now I'm going to have to have some friends over to drink!