Maybe someone can offer a few ideas on this subject. I have always
kept a record of all bottles of single malt scotch (and bourbon as
well)that I have finished by removing the label and putting it in a
small sketch book(about 70 labels so far). The general method I use is
pouring steaming hot water over them although some require a good
soaking. Glenmorangie and Signatory labels slide right off and
Balvenie and Ardbeg OB labels are always a fight, several being
damaged beyond repair.
Does anyone else have any alternative methods, especially for Murray
McDavid and Blackadder labels? The former must be superglued on and
the ink on the Blackadder labels runs when exposed to liquid. I have
heard of a product aimed at the wine market that is basicly an
adhesive that one places over the label and then rips it off the
bottle, but I can not find this product. Does anyone know where to
find it or does it even work? I now have a box of 16 empty bottles
that are taking up closet space, so suggestions are appreciated.
Homebrewers usually have the handle on how to remove pesky labels since
their usual goal is to reuse the bottle for their beer. Two products
readily come to mind and are very good at soaking off labels and not
damaging them. One is idophor, an inexpensive sterilant, mercurochrome
like concentrate that dilutes from bright red to dull red when mixed
with water. Another product is called Beerline Cleaner. It's easy on the
labels and will dissolve the glue in short order. Both products are
commonly available at homebrew shops or easily available online.
Since I work in a company which primarily prints wine labels, I can
offer some informed opinions on this. (Yes, I get all the free wine
labels I can drink ;>) The "easy" labels are applied to the bottle with
collagen-based adhesive (ie: hide or fish glue) which dissolves handily
in hot water. The "difficult" ones have a PSA (ie: self-adhesive)
backing, which doesn't. I don't know whether the product you mention
would help either. It would have to dissolve the adhesive without
affecting the ink. As far as the Blackadder label's running ink, it may
have been printed on a digital press (ie: "big fancy-ass copier"), and
the ink melts at boiling water temperature. That's just a guess.
Just received 20 label savers from The Wine Enthusiast and went
straight after the biggest problem labels, Murray McDavid and
Blackadder. The Murray McDavid (a 1991 Springbank) came off without
too much effort, the most important part being to put lots of pressure
along the label's edge so that it doesn't rip. The Blackadder did not
fair so well (a 10yo Mortlach) with the label now destroyed.
Taking a moment's reflection, David mused:
| Just received 20 label savers from The Wine Enthusiast and went
| straight after the biggest problem labels, Murray McDavid and
| Blackadder. The Murray McDavid (a 1991 Springbank) came off without
| too much effort, the most important part being to put lots of pressure
| along the label's edge so that it doesn't rip. The Blackadder did not
| fair so well (a 10yo Mortlach) with the label now destroyed.
Thought of using a glass cutter, and saving the bit of bottle behind it
along with the label?