January's really quite long, isn't it?
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Good Evening Dear Customers

We've a mixed bag for you this week, from light and bright through to dense dark and sticky, from fizz and cider to the heaviest dark beers on our shelves.

On the beer front we're looking at Imperial Stouts, a style with a long history which has seen some very exotic variations appear in recent years from craft brewers looking to push the boundaries.

We have a new natural cider producer on the shelves, Wilding. No pesticides, minimal intervention, no sulphites, traditional apple varieties; all our boxes are ticked. 

Our sold out champagne tasting on Sunday past featured some outstanding wines. If you weren't able to make it along you can read on below for how to recreate the event in your own home.

And, January being January, we're also taking a look at one of our value for money / inexpensive / wallet friendly producers, Pete's Pure, who make some of the sunniest Australian wines you'll ever taste.

You'll find everything featured in this newsletter on the shelves at 105 West Nile Street, nearly everything at 21 Clarence Drive, and the ciders and champagnes (but not, alas, the beers or still wines) on our website.

See you soon

The Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer


Imperial Stout. A delightful duo of words. Rich, dark, and sweet, these beers are great for sharing - a little goes a long way.

Ølkymisten Sweetadelic Therapy (£7.20, 33cl/10%)
The "hallucinogenic sweetness" of this Imperial Dessert Stout might not make you see stars, but it will bring a smile to your face.

Track X Wander Beyond Perseus Imperial Stout (£8.30,44cl/11%)
A fruity Imperial stour made with sour cherries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Overtone Big Joe Imperial Maple Pancake Breakfast Stout (£7.80,44cl/11%)
Imperial Breakfast Stout, American style - maple syrup, bacon, and coffee.

Ølkymisten Biohazard Imperial Pastry Stout (£7.60, 33cl/10%)
Massive quantities of Muscovado sugar and lactose - this is a dessert in a can.


We've been very pleased to have these wines in the shop over past few months. They're all bottled in lightweight glass, they look great, but most importantly they taste delightful. Fresh, pure, direct expressions of Australian fruit, they're ideal for a glass with friends or for casual dining.

Pete's Pure Moscato NV (£7.60, 75cl/5.5%)
Over the festive period we were recommending this as breakfast fizz - it's light, sweet, and very easy going.

Pete's Pure Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (£10, 75cl/12.5%)
Bracingly dry and pungently fruity, this stuff is dangerously, lip-smackingly good.

Pete's Pure Pinot Noir 2019 (£10, 75cl/13%)
A youthful, fruit forward Pinot with notes of cherries, toast, and vanilla. Pete recommends drinking it with duck, or tacos (presumably duck tacos would be the perfect match?).

Pete's Pure Shiraz 2018 (£10, 75cl/13%)
Ozzy shiraz. You know what to do. (one of us drinks youthful Ozzy shiraz with Maltesers, but that's probably a minority point of view)


Wilding Cider—a producer new to our shelves—work with hand picked fruit from unsprayed Somerset orchards. Their ciders are made with wild yeasts, and without the use of any added sulphites. For your delectation we offer one of their blends, a single orchard cider, and a single varietal made from just one row of big old Stoke Red standard trees planted in 1951.

Run Deep 2017 (£10.30, 75cl/7%)
A bone dry cider made with fruit from the Ditcheat Hill and Limeburn Hill orchards. Very good with cheddar.

Ditcheat Hill 2018 (£13, 75cl/4.7%)
A naturally sweet single orchard cider made from a variety of apples; Harry Masters Jersey, Browns, Red Jersey, Sweet Coppin, Ashton Brown Jersey and Yarlington Mill (Don't you love all those names?).

Stoke Red 2018 (£14.10, 75cl/4.6%)
A naturally sweet single varietal cider made with fruit from an old orchard in Abbots Leigh, Somerset. Good with apple crumble or fresh cheeses.


This ins't quite the full line up from our tasting at the weekend; the Lété-Vautrain Millésime 2012 sold out immediately afterwards. We will be restocking it ASAP, but in the meantime take a look at these beauties. Five champagnes in a range of styles to suit ever palate. Take your pick.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (£43, 75cl/12%)
A house that can trace its roots back to 1776, Roederer make champagne in a rich style, using both stainless steel tanks and oak casks. They're also the champagne house with the biggest holding of biodynamically farmed vines.

Domaine Henri Giraud Esprit Nature (£52.50, 75cl/12%)
Another non-vintage wine in a rich, structured style, Giraud achieve this by fermenting in a mix of terracotta vats and small oak casks, and then maturing the base wines for six months before the second fermentation in bottle (most producers go straight to the second fermentation after blending).

Dom Pérignon 2008 (£146, 75cl/12.5%)
The popular favourite on Sunday (music to our retailing ears :)), Dom Pérignon is, to quote winemaker Richard Geoffroy, "...athletic and vertical. All 2008s are bright in terms of fruit; we wanted ours to shine with white light. We have deliberately warmed it up a bit, working on the muscle to better integrate the acidity". Although we're not quite sure exactly what he means, we do know the results are delicious. 

Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV (£45, 75cl/12.5%)
Few champagnes achieve the purity of Pierre Larmandier's Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs, the strip of chalk and limestone hillside vineyards that produce the best Blanc de Blancs wines in the world, in our humble opinion. 

Pol Roger Vintage 2012 (£84.50, 75cl/12.5%)
Second favourite on the day, this is a wine that will continue to get better and better over the next decade or so. A luxurious treat for a special occasion (and you don't even need to know what the occasion is yet; you've a decade to plan it).
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