Ask for Haig.
A proper, heavyweight whisky crate, that arrived full of bottles of beer. The despatch label on one end of the crate says it was originally sent to Simonds Brewery in Reading from John Haig & Co Ltd., Arches, Bishopsgate Goods Depot (British Railways), London E1 so arriving here by a circuitous route, full of beer, completes the circle nicely.
Presumably the 'dumpy' bottles were the bottles of Haig with the dimple in the side that people used to save sixpenny pieces in for their holidays or, more likely, more whisky for the next Christmas. That was back in the old days of course when a bottle of Scotch might have cost you two pounds.
Meanwhile thirty eight bottles of Dr John's finest Two Rivers Ale has been stored in various cool places to allow the sediment to settle and I have to find a new use for a piece of heavyweight ephemera.