I tried to order more empty bottles from my supplier back in August for the larger Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup but they were out of stock. Then for the last 4 weeks I’ve been trying to find a supplier who has them in stock. The only one I found wanted 3x what I normally have to pay for them so I did not order. Then yesterday I found a place in California that showed 288,000 of them in stock but they were closed at the time. I called when they opened today, but it turned out they will only sell by the full truckload. That would be 400 cases per pallet x 30 pallets, each case has 6 bottles (72,000). That is plus freight, I declined. Then I tried my normal supplier again. They still did not have them, but do finally have a shipment arriving on or about Dec 20. I placed my order with them. This means, once I sell the one remaining bottle (375 ml) of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, I will not be able to sell any more of that size until late December at best, maybe early Jan. The good news however is that I still have a decent supply of the 200 ml bottle, and if I run low, I have hundreds more of those bottles and the next batch should be ready soon. Testing starts next week to determine if the taste is right yet.
72,000 bottles would be far too many for me, for sure
Today is Dec/2/2018. Just 2 more weeks to place an order to be certain to receive the shipment before Christmas, or as certain as the USPS allows. I will ship right up to Dec. 24 and again Dec 26 but I can not be sure shipments going out after Dec 16 will arrive in time for Christmas, even if normally a shipment would get there in 2-3 days.
Since early November sales have been extremely good, both on this website and at the one retail store I have product in. I have been shipping regularly to customers who order on this site and I have had to restock my full 8′ shelf in the retail store every week. I stocked it fully a week ago today and on Saturday I got a notice I was sold out on one size. I took more to them yesterday mid morning and returned about 2 hours later to restock the rest, and again I had sold a good quantity more in those 2 hours.
For those ordering on this website, I encourage you to order early for Christmas orders. I still have just 2 stainless steel barrels remaining to be packed, later this week I will be packing one of those. I may run out before Christmas.
I will also be checking my next barrel of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup in a few days, but it may not be ready quite yet. It should however be ready by about 2 more weeks. At this time my inventory on that is OK, but if that barrel takes 4 weeks to be right, I will likely also be unable to fill some orders before Christmas.
Tonight the forecast calls for 34 F for the overnight low, then 24 Wednesday morning and 14 for Thursday morning. I guess the warm weather is over for now. I’ll need to drain my water tank at the sugarhouse tomorrow. These will be the coldest temperatures we have seen since Feb or March.
I am waiting for a special elbow to come so I can finish the power hook up in the sugar house to feed the shop. The way I had planned turned out to not fit from where I came thru the wall from the trench to go into the panel box. I needed to get a tighter corner or the rest of parts I have would extend past the hole where the power needs to enter the breaker box.
Then I need a few more feet of #4 ground wire to finish connecting to the 2 ground rods. Then the breaker can be turned on to feed power to the shop, rather than the HD extension cord I’ve been using for the past year. Then I have several LED lights and receptacles to install on a rainy day. Much will likely be done after I put the woodstove in the shop. Then I’ll be able to work in my shirt sleeves rather than a heavy coat. I think I have all of the parts needed.
Today, with a cold rain outside I packed more syrup into bottles and jugs. Trying to be ready for Christmas sales.
The sales at the Eclectic Chic have been good. With their new location my sales volume is at about 5x last year and last year was fairly good. It just makes planning how much to have ready for sale more challenging, but I think we can handle it.