150th Open at St. Andrews

The first ever British Open Golf Championship was played at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, on 17th October 1860.  A field of only eight professionals competed for the coveted trophy – then the silver buckled Challenge Belt.  The competition was played over three rounds of the twelve-hole course, in a single day, and Willie Park […]

Johnnie Walker Experience Opens!

Way back in December 2018, when a global pandemic was really only occupying thoughts of science fiction writers and film makers, the Quaichshop Blog noted Diageo’s ambitious plans to build a Johnny Walker immersive visitor experience in Edinburgh.  We anticipated that this development would significantly enhance the successful whisky tourism scene in Scotland’s capital city. […]

Quaichs and Weddings!

Our long lockdown journey seems hopefully to be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, at long last!  Many of the occasions which we want and need to hold, and participate in, have either had to be postponed, or have taken place involving greatly reduced numbers of people.  Weddings are one example of […]

Hallmarking and Quaichshop’s Sponsors Mark

Quaichshop’s Sterling Silver quaichs are hallmarked at the Edinburgh Assay Office, which is one of the four Assay Offices of Great Britain.  The Edinburgh Office was established in 1457, and so for well over 500 years it has been assuring the quality of objects made from a range of precious metals.  This quality assurance helps […]

Whisky Galore at the Scottish Maritime Museum!

A number of Quaichshop blogs have described the close relationship between Scotland’s loving cup and fine Scotch whisky.  We’ve spoken a lot about exciting new distillery ventures, particularly in Edinburgh.  A number of other blogs have been on the subject of innovative distillery projects in Scotland’s Highlands and the Western Isles.  However new projects, exciting […]

New Distillery in the Port of Leith

The Port of Leith Distillery was founded in 2014, and is currently on course to open its doors in 2021.  The Company is committed to bringing a modern approach to the production of our national drink – as is evidenced by a two year research collaboration with Heriot Watt University, which underpins the project.  Until […]

South Ronaldsay’s Cairns Quaich

Back in summer 2018, the Quaichshop Blog came from the wonderful Orkney Isles, where we were visiting our good friend Carrie Paxton, whose glass studio (Ingaskeldt) is on the outskirts of Kirkwall.  We reported on a visit to the old farm at Corrigall, which dates from the 16th-18th Centuries, and is now preserved as a […]

South Side Memories

“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 […]

Road Map to Recovery

Since our April blog, the governments in all parts of the UK have issued their route maps through and out of the Coronavirus crisis.  These give an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions. They provide practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect […]

Lockdown life!

We here at quaichshop would like to offer our best wishes to our customers at this challenging time. We are still operating almost normally – some orders can take a little longer to arrive than usual.  Internet shopping brings with it obvious advantages during this period of social distancing. Quaichs are ideal gifts for occasions […]