Best shops to buy spirits for Christmas
Where to pick up a fancy gin, rum or whisky in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Parties, dinners, pre-drinking, alcoholic gifts given in a bottle bag on it's umpteenth outing, Christmas is a very boozy season. Here's where to head when you're on the hunt for a special tipple this December.
The Good Spirits Co.
This Bath Street basement is stacked with alcoholic delights from across the globe. There are gins sourced from Shetland to New Zealand, vodkas flavoured with Polish honey, Japanese and American whiskey, Scotch whisky, brandy, tequila and rum. You might even get to try before you buy.
23 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW, thegoodspiritsco.com
Your chosen spirit will be bottled before your very eyes. The shelves are stacked with giant demijohns filled with sloe gin, rhubarb vodka liqueur and spiced rum liqueur, all made by British artisanal producers. Can't choose? Opt for a spirit rack.
32 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JW; 382 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AR, demijohn.co.uk
You're already going for your wine, stay for the the spirits. You know a shop knows its stuff when the vodkas are divided by ingredients (potato, barley, corn) and the gin is classified as Old Tom, London Dry and floral. The ideal place for that loveable drink snob in your life.
11 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN, drinkmonger.com
The Scotch Whisky Shop
There's no shortage of whisky in Scotland's capital and with nearly 500 different whisky bottlings you're sure to find a scotch of your liking here. There's also a specially developed flavour map to help you choose and pick'n'mix miniatures to create your own tasting pack.
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE, scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/shop
An independent bottle shop with beer and wine stacked floor to ceiling. Their concise selections of liqueurs, gins, vodkas, malts, blends and brandies are eclectic and wide ranging. Stop by the chocolate fridge and the well-stocked humidor on the way to the till.
449 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH, valhallasgoat.com