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 […]

New quaichshop website launch!

Welcome to the new, completely redesigned and re-engineered website. If it’s your first visit – ceud mìle fàilte!  If you’ve been here before – welcome back!  In either case, we hope you find the new site easy on the eye and simple to navigate and use. Quaichshop grew out of two bricks and mortar […]