I'd arranged to meet a buddy from my time at the WSET school for a tasting trip. We couldn't have chosen a better way to spend the afternoon. The staff just let us get on with it, and yet were there for conversation or information if needed. We never felt under any obligation to buy anything and spent 3 hours working our way through the 80 wines on offer.
We opted for the 25ml pours so that we could sample the maximum possible range of wines. I believe I tasted around 15 that afternoon, and probably sampled a few sips from around 10 of my friend's selection. It was just like being back at wine school again.
I won't bore you with tasting notes on each of the wines, because the Sampler kind provide those on a label beside each wine and 25 tasting notes could get rather tedious. Suffice to say the range was astonishing. My wine school chum and I both got to taste several things we'd never experienced before, we learned a lot and both went away with a bottle or two.
The only downside to the day was that the bottle of Nostros Chilean Chardonnay (£9.99) that I bought because the tasting was so beautiful, was affected by cork taint. This can happen to any wine with a cork closure, but it was a massive disappointment. I'm sure the people at Sampler would have dealt nicely with my problem if I lived any closer, but I was not in a convenient location for it to be worthwhile taking the wine back.