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BYOB to Demijohn

If you were to judge us based on our words and actions and, dammit, even the photographic evidence on our blog lately, you might think we're on the Boozy World Tour 2009. And, so as not to disappoint, I found another really unique and interesting alcohol-y place to visit today. A while ago I saw the website for an Edinburgh store called Demijohn, and so yesterday when Brenna said, "Hey let's go to Edinburgh tomorrow" I said, "Yeah sure, I hear there's a nice little area called the Grassmarket with some good vintage stores." In case you don't know Brenna, the words vintage and store, when put together, are enough to send her into a swoon.

Now we're walking along the Grassmarket. We've just spent what seemed like several hours in a couple of grandma's-moldy-basement-stinky vintage stores. I almost just had to leave one, but I stayed my course. I had my eye on the prize. We "happen" onto Demijohn and I say,"Wow! This looks like a really unique and interesting little place. Let's check it out!"

Demijohn calls themselves a liquid deli. The idea is modeled after Italian cantinas where people bring in their own bottles to be filled with wine. In Italy, most any kind of bottles will do; old wine bottles, plastic water bottles, Drano bottles in a pinch. Here you have to buy the cute little glass containers they provide, and they have everything: vodka, whisky, rum, vinegar. 

Most of their liqueurs are crafted by individual artisans from all around the UK. They are insidious marketers at Demijohn -- they encourage you to sample. We left with Nelsons Spiced Rum Liqueur and a Butterscotch Cream Liqueur. I told Ella it's like a candy store for Mommy's and Daddy's. After a cold and foggy day in Edinburgh, and a chilly train ride home, a little dram of Spiced Rum was perfect. We'll no doubt return with our empties for refills. Maybe the cucumber vodka or some old school single malt.

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Reader Comments (6)

Bob, you boozer, you!
And you never mentioned what Brenna found in all those moldy basements!
Grandma Peggy complains of the cold when we turn the heater down to 72! Perhaps she needs a little of that spiced rum...


Dec 11, 2009 at 10:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Excellent work, Bob! I'm liking your style.

Dec 12, 2009 at 12:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterEric G

WOW, Demijohn sounds like my kind of place...yup, I'm a lush. Truly does sound heavenly, just the way it's sweet! My favorite single malt lately is Highland Park from the Orkney Islands. Okay, it's only my favorite because it was a gift...I mean what can beat free single malt scotch? Spiced rum would be great for holiday cooking too... continue the boozy's a keeper!

Dec 12, 2009 at 6:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterKim P.

Bob, I love you dearley so in the Christmas spirit of being a good mother-in-law I am looking on the web to see if there are any Betty Ford clinics in Scotland.
Seriously, a Demijohn store.....what a great idea!! Who could resist those beautiful jars especially with what they have in them.
Ok, heres the plan......................what Atlanta needs is a Demijohn store. When you decide to come home, move to Atlanta and you and I can go into business. We can make all those liqueurs, and Brenna could make all her alcoholic cakes. Just think how much fun sampling the products would be. After all they need to be absolutely right. Think about it.
Love Ya,

Dec 12, 2009 at 7:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterMom


Sounds like a great place. Way to hang in there Bob.

Dec 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterKecia

As far as I am concerned, your trip is now complete. You have reached the holy grail of stores. This one beats Trader Joes any day of the week. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 15, 2009 at 5:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDan G.

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