Holyrood Distillery Visit

Not quite “The Lord of the Rings“, but this blog is the final one in the trilogy on Edinburgh’s new distillery, located in the Old Engine Shed, just off the Pleasance in the city’s South Side. As we have previously noted, the Holyrood Distillery is the first new distillery within the city for 100 years, […]

New Distillery in Edinburgh’s Southside: Update!

Around a year ago, my Quaichshop blog (19th September 2018) mentioned the exciting new project in the planning that was the Holyrood Distillery, to be constructed utilising the Old Engine Shed, which has been converted and extended, in St. Leonard’s Lane, just off Edinburgh’s historic Pleasance. The building was previously a goods warehouse for St […]

Who are The Keepers of the Quaich?

We’ve commented in previous blogs about the inextricable linkage between quaichs and Scotch Whisky, through the generations.  Quaichshop recently took a trip to the lovely Blair Castle, in Perthshire, where we learned more about the – slightly mysterious to the outside eye – Society known as The Keepers of the Quaich, as well as enjoying […]

Dark Island brew!

In our blog of 12th October 2018 (Links between drinks), we reported on a tour of the Lustau Bodega, in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, which specialises mainly in the production of sherries and vermouths. Lustau’s guide pointed out a section of their oak casks which are being aged in Spain, specifically for export […]

Sir Walter Scott’s Quaichs

Quaichshop’s visit in June to Abbottsford House, the former family home of Sir Walter Scott, spawned our June blog, entitled “The Waterloo Quaich“.  As well as that finely crafted vessel, June’s blog noted the presence of a number of other quaichs amongst the Abbotsford House collection. Quaichshop has been in touch with the Curator of […]

The Waterloo Tree Quaich

During the Battle of Waterloo (18th June 1815), The Duke of Wellington’s command post was set up under the now famous Waterloo Elm.  This historic tree was located just south west of where the sunken land met the Genappe-Brussels main road – was being the operative word as, in the wake of the battle, the […]

Christening quaichs in the Skye Museum of Island Life

As we’ve noted elsewhere on the Quaichshop website, a range of different designs of quaichs have long been used to celebrate the birth of a baby, to toast the new child’s health, and also at christening ceremonies.  Quaichs, and other vessels such as porringers and bowls, have been given as gifts to new babies right […]

Quaichshop’s own brew!

Even the hardworking Quaichshop folk have to have some recreation time, so we recently organised a staff day out (actually split into two half days) to make our own beer in the Craft Beer Kitchen at Stewart Brewing, Loanhead, near Edinburgh.  Day One included the selection of malt and hops, and the creation of our […]

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 […]