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Our very first single cask grain whisky

In 2017 we were honoured to become a Douglas Laing & Co emporium. What this means is we already sell a lot of their ranges including the remarkable regional malts which you all are big fans of. It also means that we get access to all sorts of delicious whisky including their single casks and special editions. What it also also means is that we get to release our own whisky with them and that’s exactly what we have done.

We are releasing as of today a 13 year old grain whisky from Port Dundas, a whisky distillery from the heart of Glasgow. Sadly the distillery was demolished in 2011 never to be rebuilt so our bottling really is a piece of history.We are very proud of the bottling as it also is the first time a grain whisky has been bottled with a Douglas Laing emporium.

Only 126 bottles are available of this single cask single grain. For those who are unaware, single grain whisky uses grain other than malted barley, such as maize, distilled in a column still to produce a lighter spirit than single malt. The barrel does the hard work and we are proud to say we have found a spectacular barrel which we have bottled and you can only get from us this Christmas.

Bottled at 48.4%, notes of strawberry, vanilla, creme brulee, ginger and soft christmas spices.

£38.95

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Onwards and upwards

33 Days to go

Yup, tis the season and all that. As per usual we will see most of you after the annual wendy house fiesta here in the center of town. However should you brave the festive crowds rest assured Indie spirit is here to keep you topped up with mulled cider from Krow at honey midfords as well as making your shopping experience as painless as possible.

There will be a lot of #Newstuff over the next few weeks  on our facebook, twitter and instagram. lets face it some of this will go quick, we can hold stock for you for a week or so if you get in touch with us via DM, message or phone so please do let us know if we can help in any way.

Likewise, if you are after something in particular we may not actually have it in but certainly can look at getting it in for you so feel free to drop us an email if you have a specific Christmas request for craft beer, gin, whisky etc. If your wondering about opening hours they will match the market.

 

Now the bad news

In February we will have reached the grand old milestone of 5 years old. A mighty fine feat in this economic climate and for an independent in Bath. After an unprecedented amount of supplier prices rises this year and another budget coming we have had to make a few changes in how we run things. Where we can we have absorbed some of the more infrequent supplier increases to remain competitive and been smarter with our sourcing etc… which has meant some lines just weren’t worth permanently stocking anymore.

The only main difference is that for 2018 we will be increasing the price of our scheduled and bookable events by £5. A normal whisky/gin/rum etc.. tasting on a friday night will now be £25 instead of £20 and Uber tastings will increase by £5 too, to a new price of £40. We believe this still represents one of the best value for money nights out in Bath and we hope you agree.

With this in mind you will find our new events for the start of the year posted over on our facebook page and right here on our website. Shameless plug of course, gift vouchers are available for our events too. The recipient only has to choose an event and get in touch to book on – simples.

Anyway, batten down the hatches and have a delicious craft beer, its Christmas market time and we will see you on the flipside.

Chris, Christian and Laurie

 

 

Beers, Blog, Products

Christmas Beers!

It truly is a wonderful time of year isn’t it, that magical time of transition between seasons when our everyday drinking habits turn from ten different subgenres of craft IPA’s to ten different subgenres of dark beers, and the booziest, spiciest, most satisfying of these raisin and chocolate inspired creations are christmas beers (or at least beers that are best drunk at christmas).

So what do the elves, or at least a grumpy looking three, not so wise looking, men surrounded by sheds, have in store for you this year to keep you warm in front of the “fireplace 4K” on netflix? (it’s real, seriously, go check.)

 

Moor – Old freddy walker.

If you’ve never been equated with bristols very own old ale then you are missing out, rich and viscous this tastes like christmas pudding, raisins and just a hint of cocoa this beast of a beer will warm your insides in the most pleasant of ways.

Wiper and True – Plum pudding porter

A cheeky fruit number from Wiper and True, how do they describe it? “Onto the deep, dark malt base we’ve added dried fruit, cinnamon and lemon zest. The resulting brew combines caramelised sugar and dark fruit flavours with a toasted finish.” and they’re not wrong, fruity and rich it reminds you that you do, actually, really enjoy dark beers.

Delirium Noel

Coming in at a punchy 10% ABV this spiced versions of delirium Noel is a lovely example of the belgian style of christmas beers, Slightly sweeter with notes of candied orange, caramel, malt and spiced fruits this world-famous beer is sure to have you singing carols eventually, whether you want to or not.

And now for something completely different

Tiny Rebel – You Snows It

A beer that is, apparently, as crisp and fresh as the first snow on christmas morning. Brewed in collaboration with goldie lookin chain this beer is that tropical fruit forward beer that is sessionable enough to get you through the office christmas party. Or according to them an “easy drinking beer with lots of aroma and just a little bit of bitterness. Just like that uncle that always seems to ruin your Christmas dinner.” – classy.

So there we have it, a lovely selection of beers to keep you fuzzy on the long cold nights, but don’t despair if you didn’t see your favorite here, we will be stocking the likes of To-Ol – Santastique, St. Bernadus – Noel, Lervig – Christmas Shake and Kees – Bourbon barrel aged caramel fudge stout, and we constantly rotate our selection so there will be plenty to keep you entertained.

 

Written by @thatboozeguy for @indiespiritbath

Blog, Products, Whisky

Bonfire night – an excuse to drink whisky.

Bonfire night! An evening in which we are aware the gunpowder plot happened but dont really remember enough from school to actually blag our way through the facts. Where we hurry through the cold, newly dark nights to friends houses and fields to huddle close, but not too close, to gigantic fires which have been certified as 100% hedgehog free, to watch with childlike wonder as sparks quite literally fly. And what better way to celebrate sitting at home with the mates trying to convince the dog Guy Fawkes isnt trying to blow us up than with a cheeky whisky to warm the soul.

So what will we be sharing with our friends as the sky explodes in a colourful cornucopia of sparkles and noise?

Kirkwall bay – £37.95

A cheeky little independently bottled single malt from Orkney, we can’t tell you which distillery it’s from, but it is particularly famous and has the same initials at Harry Potter. With peaty notes of Bonfire smoke and a fruity vanilla edge this is a great crowd pleaser.

Kilchoman Machir bay £48.95

A fantastic choice from Islay’s smallest and newest distillery, and a great intro into their style. A mixture of ex bourbon and sherry casks makes this an absolute delight with vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke throughout.

Glenfarclas 15 £56.95

Oh me oh my, once we’ve polished off a few of the smokier drams what better way to go than christmas cake in a glass (not literally) with the super sherried Glenfarclas 15. Hints of Raisins, orange peel, walnuts and dates make this the sweet warmer to end the night on. Not smokey in the slightest and great for those friends who “don’t really like whisky” but insist on drinking it whenever it’s free.

 

So gather your friends, prep your glassware, designate your official bonfire and firework technician (because it’s no fun when someone looses a finger) and get ready to enjoy standing around in the cold and occasionally going Ohhhhhh.

Written by @thatboozeguy for @indiespiritbath

Gin, Products, Uncategorized

Pickering’s Gin Baubles

It’s nearly here.

The dreaded time of year when everyone’s happy and having a great time. When we deck our houses and homes out with garish decorations hoarded and handed down by various family members. The time of year when an argument between two children about whether a star or an angel should adorn the top of a tree, despite the fact they only one of them can actually spell the word angel correctly with any sort of accuracy, seems somehow reasonable.

But fear not parents whose sobriety is starting to become an issue, Pickerings gin and by the will of the booze gods, indie spirit, have you covered.

Gin Baubles.

No, seriously.

Look at them, they’re beautiful.

Hand picked during the summer months these six little balls of joy, which are often found sitting in the higher braches of the tree, far away from tiny hands which may disturb their boozy secret. Now they have ripened into the plumpest, most colourful gin-filled Christmas decorations you can imagine, with each one holding 50Ml of Pickering’s gin, bursting with notes of citrus and spice with a lovely herbal edge these baubles are something to behold.

 

 

Be quick, these shots of instant christmas cheer will sell out fast. In fact pickerings sold out on their website in 82 seconds last year, so don’t dawdle lest you risk missing out. A box of these delectable delights (well what’s left of our stock) is only £31.95 per box, and you were due a visit to the shop anyway right?

 

Written by @thatBoozeGuy For @indiespiritbath

 

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Normal service for craft beer and booze has been resumed

Hello, welcome and salutations.

We have finally updated our website. One of those admin things that gets forgotten in the day to day running of your average neighbourhood booze merchants. It really needed to be done about a year ago but we had a lot of craft beer, whisky gin to sell. By sell i also mean drink.

We hope you like it and please bear with us as we get those final bugs and gremlins worked out. You will find a lot more about the craft beers, gin and single malt whisky we have here now plus cocktail masterclasses and events.

In the meantime we are gearing up to a corker of a christmas season, we wont be at the market this year focusing instead on Casa del Indie spirit right here in terrace walk. New ranges and exclusives coming soon such as our own bottling of a 17 year Aberlour with the Hideout whisky bar plus soon to be launched Douglas Laing bottling.

We are very proud of the producers we choose to stock. Douglas Laing & Co (est 1948)  produce the fantastic remarkable regional malts range and a whole host of independent bottlings. This ties in very closely to our own ethos about the products we choose to stock. We are in fact are one of the few Douglas Laing emporiums in the UK and will be launching a very special bottling of a 13 year old Port Dundas grain whisky for xmas. More info soon but we are the first to bottle a grain in partnership with them and cant wait to share it with you.

Anyway, cheers my dears,

Chris, Christian and Laurie