Without even being overly excited, my last trip to Glasgow was just fantastic! I have honestly forgotten how many little gems there are in and around the West End of Glasgow. On my way from the Naked Soup, I was in a bit of a rush to get to city centre so was ignoring my surroundings. However, when I passed Demijohn, 382 Byres Road, my rush came to a stand still as my attention had been pulled.
Through Demijohn big window I could see the most marvelous colourful jars, bigger and smaller bottles and wooden barrels. How could I just pass on by without popping in? Not a chance, I knew that this was the place where I could find the perfect, quirky, well thought out and straight from the heart gift for my dear mum. Did I mention that I am really trying not to buy gifts just because I have to? I always try to pick something that I think might bring a genuine smile to someone’s face rather than a polite Thank you, you did not have to. I would rather just get a funky card, than something that will gather dust in a cupboard. Even worst if it will be the next gift for forgotten auntie’s birthday grabbed in hurry on the way out. You should know that my mum has a rather demanding taste palette, so buying liquors, which I do not know much about, was a gamble.
As I stepped into this amazingly quirky shop with a very rustic design I felt from the first second very welcomed. I really do not enjoy, I am pretty sure I am not the only one, when a shopping assistant just looks at you with this unwelcoming grimace as though you just interrupted them. No way I am leaving my hardly earned money there. This just makes things so much more awkward! However, the lovely shopping assistant from Manchester just in case her boss is reading this post and wonders if she should get a bonus, yes she should, was amazing! She not only made me feel at home but also tirelessly allowed me to taste any of the liquors, vodkas or whiskies I wanted to, without even knowing if I am actually going to buy something. Moreover, I really did not feel like I had to buy something as a thank you for her great service. Yes, I do that sometimes, when someone is pestering me minus 100 points for being assertive and than I end up with a gift for aunt Dora only joking auntie.
What else I loved about Demijohn? Quite simply: the ability to pick the bottle you wanted, as everything comes in glass vats, which they pour into decorative bottles. I not only picked the alcohol, but also the bottle design and how much of each liquor I wanted. They have quite a decent selection there, so no wonder I spend half of my time picking one. I finally decided to go with two Ying & Yang 200ml bottles. If you want to know what other bottles they have, click here.
Both bottles had a handwritten note stating what it is inside, and a little message from me to my mum. Hence, there is no photo of the gift to see since it is strictly for my mum’s eyes.
Variety of alcohol is huge, below is a tiny selection of the products that you can pick from: Bramble Scotch Whisky Liquor, Toffee Whisky Liqueur, Demijohn’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky, Aultmore 7 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Ginger Wine, Elderberry Wine, Demijohnnie Gin, Somerset 10 Year Old Cider Brandy, Somerset Pomona, and more! When it comes to liquors try raspberry vodka liqueur, chocolate orange cream liquor, and black cherry liquor!
The cherry on top was a postcard with a recipe for one of the tastiest combinations I have ever tried: Elderflower Vodka Liqueur 28% and Butterscotch Cream Liqueur 17%. I know, what you might be thinking, I was thinking maybe not when for the first time I heard it. Trust me it works. For more recipes click here.
Another idea, which I really liked and appreciated, which is great for indecisive people are already prepacked gift suggestions. Medium Demijohn Hamper would make a perfect wedding gift for liqueurs' lover. They also offer Gin tower, which is three little bottles creating one big one. Gift ideas are here.
Are you a foodie? If you like the idea but would prefer a non alcoholic gift, that is not a problem at all. You can pick from their fruit vinegars’ selection: elderflower vinegar, bramble vinegar, raspberry vinegar you name it and Demijohn probably have it. Oils such as Villa Montalbano, or Kabbadates Extra, White Truffle Oil, Yorkshire Lemon Rapeseed Oil.
Jams and chutneys for example raspberry conserve, which I have a feeling I would love, I was quite tempted to get a few for myself. I am a big jam lover and I do have a big chutney lover at home. Apparently, beetroot and apple chutney, lime chutney, and apricot and orange chutney are already on his shopping list.
Since I live for now in Aberdeen, and as far as I know at the moment Demijohn are not here yet, I am really delighted I can fill the bottles online and get them delivered. Getting yummy, personalised gifts could not be any easier!
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