Evolution – the family says farewell to the Torrance Gallery

As we note in the Our Story section of the Quaichshop website, retailing quaichs grew out of our bricks and mortar Angles shops, in Edinburgh’s Morningside and Corstorphine districts.  Angles opened in 1987, and our stores were an integral part of the high street shopping experience at both locations until 2017.  The high street stores […]

The Hebridean Whisky Trail

Last month’s blog described the Isle of Barra Distillery project, which is currently offering the opportunity to invest in this exciting social enterprise initiative.  The Isle of Barra Distillery joins the distilleries on Skye, Raasay and Harris, which form the Hebridean Whisky Trail, launched in August 2018 by Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scotch […]

Whisky Galore from the Island of Barra

Continuing on the theme of the inextricable link between quaichs and whisky, news comes from the Hebrides of an interesting initiative, designed to include and involve the local community. The classic 1949 film Whisky Galore, starring (amongst others) Gordon Jackson and Joan Greenwood, is familiar to people across the globe, famous for its quintessentially Scottish […]

New whisky visitor experience for Edinburgh

Based as we are in Scotland’s capital city, quaichshop is very aware of Edinburgh’s pull as a tourist destination, and its year round attractiveness to visitors from across the globe.  So we are excited to hear that yet another string is about to be added to Edinburgh’s tourism bow, in the form of a state-of-the-art […]

Beautiful Quaichs in the National Museum

We recently visited the National Museum of Scotland, just in time for the final day of the exhibition “Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop”, which provided an excellent tour of Scotland’s contribution to the world of popular music from the 1950s to the present day.  Many memories were stirred, and we were reminded […]

Links between drinks

During the late summer, we’ve been fortunate to have travelled by train through Portugal and Spain, including the former’s fabulous port and wine producing Douro Valley, and the latter’s sherry triangle in Andalucia. The Portugal part of the trip allowed us to visit both Taylor’s port wine lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the […]

New Distillery in Edinburgh’s South Side!

When I was a child and youth in the late 50s, 60s and early 70s, my mother’s family lived in Parkside Street in the South Side of Edinburgh, just off the Pleasance.  My grandmother’s home was a flat on the second top floor of number 14, and I can clearly remember looking out of her […]

Orkney’s wonders

In August, we had the opportunity to visit a close friend from Edinburgh, who has now returned to her paternal family home in Orkney.  Carrie Paxton is becoming increasingly well known in the Orkney Islands and beyond, for her excellent hand fired, painted glass work, crafted in her workshop at St. Ola, with many pieces […]

World Whisky Day and Edinburgh’s Resident Expert!

Following on from my own family’s involvment in the making and culture of whisky in Scotland, which I mentioned in my last blog, I thought it might be interesting to share the fact that we have one of the world’s greatest (if not THE greatest!) whisky experts, based here in Edinburgh. Blair Bowman is a […]

Do you like whisky?

Do you like whisky?  Whisky and quaichs are inseparable partners, woven together in the fabric of Scotland. Long before I became aware of the existence of the quaich, whisky played a significant role in my family. My grandfather and my uncle, on my mother’s side, were both coopers to trade, and worked in Usher’s brewery […]