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 […]

The Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky

A final Quaichshop outing, before coronavirus restrictions began to bite, took us to the wonderful Lindores Abbey Distillery, in the Kingdom of Fife.  Lindores justifiably regards itself as the spiritual home of Scotch Whisky.  Whisky making on the Lindores site can trace its history back to 1494, when  Friar John Cor of the Abbey was […]

High Profile Quaichs!

One of our previous blogs noted the connection between a famous quaich and a well known public figure of his time – Sir Walter Scott and the Waterloo Tree Quaich.  Scott had commissioned the manufacture of a quaich from the wood of the Waterloo Elm, under which the Duke of Wellington’s command post for the […]

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 […]