July 4, 2018

The award-winning family-owned Glencairn business has revealed, in its end of year figures, that it has broken through the £10 million revenue barrier for the first time with a 20% year on year increase and their largest percentage annual increase in revenue since the business was founded in 1981.

2017 was the first year that the East Kilbride-located business saw its export sales overtake its domestic market – now sitting at 60% of the overall sales, versus 49% in 2016.

The extraordinary growth overseas is thanks to a sizeable increase in the luxury decanter and glassware part of the business (40% year on year) as well as increased interest in the world-renowned Glencairn Glass (29% year on year).

The USA – the company’s largest growing market globally – now contributes to nearly a third of the overall export business with sales doubling in value growth over the previous 12 months. A large contributor to this increase is sales and development through leading online retailers, in addition to Glencairn being ever more present in the growing US craft spirits scene.

The core elements of the business’s growth stem from both the company’s luxury decanter and glassware business, which has grown 40% year on year and the Glencairn Glass – which has seen growth of 29% year on year. Clients include leading companies within the spirits market through to independent bottlers and craft distilleries around the world.

Scott Davidson, new product development director said: ‘We are incredibly proud of our business growth over the past year, especially with our increasing focus on export markets.

The Glencairn directors

‘Our premium decanter and bottle business places us a world leader in this market. Coupled with our strong relationships with distilleries and businesses in the USA, Europe and the Far East has meant that we have exceeded all of our business expectations.

‘In addition, consumers, globally, are looking to enhance their spirit drinking moments, to savour and learn as they enjoy their whisky and, as part of the serve experience, they are seeking quality glassware that is proven to enhance their favourite dram. Growth in demand for our Glencairn Glass is testimony to that.’

Alongside revenue growth, the business has increased its staffing levels to 60 full time members of the team at their workshop in East Kilbride.

Managing director Paul Davidson added: ‘Our customers, suppliers and of course, our staff are valued equally by the business and we’d like to thank our customers and suppliers for their support in this tremendous year. Our staff have been fantastic. We pride ourselves on hiring the right people for the right jobs and on bringing on new, young recruits that can learn the business and the way our team works together is something we are extremely proud of.’

Glencairn’s clients include leading drinks companies, brands and other outlets, including: BP, Brown-Forman, Cunard, Diageo, Houses of Parliament, Muller, Google, the Scottish Parliament and the majority of the Scottish Whisky manufacturers, in addition to many of the international whisky and spirit producers.

Created in 2001, the Glencairn Glass has seen an average year on year global sales increase. Often referred to as the official tasting glass, the company makes over 3 million per year, across hundreds of brands, distributed to over 70 countries worldwide.

Written by Kenny Smith

Scottish Field  – 13th June 2018

Bonanza for Glencairn Crystal as craft distilling takes off in US

June 12, 2018

Lanarkshire specialist in glassware for whisky industry enjoys surge in sales

(From left, Glencairn Crystal board members Jason Kennedy and Paul, Raymond & Scott Davidson.)

Glencairn Crystal which supplies glassware used to showcase high end spirits, has achieved record growth in sales after capitalising on the US craft distilling boom and sees potential to win lots of business in China.

East Kilbride based Glencairn grew revenues by 20 per cent annually in the year to 30 April taking sales through the £10 million barrier for the first time.

Owned by the Davidson family, Glencairn grew profits in line with sales, leaving the firm in a strong position to invest in growth.


Glencairn has carved out a valuable niche for itself as a specialist in the design of bottles and accessories that are intended to reinforce the upmarket standing of premium drinks.

In the latest year the company designed a ruby inlaid decanter used by Speyside’s Glenfarclas distillery for a 62-year-old malt. The magnum-sized version is marketed for £75,000.

A range of Scottish distillers have launched premium ranges of single malts amid strong demand for such products in Europe and the Americas and among members of the emerging middle classes in countries such as China and India.


Scott Davidson, new product development director, noted that besides doing well in the market to supply UK-based producers the company prospered overseas in the last year.

Exports accounted for more than 50% of sales for the first time.

The USA proved a particularly happy hunting ground with sales doubling.

Mr Davidson noted Glencairn’s success in the market to supply glassware to craft Bourbon distillers. These are benefiting from growing interest among consumers in drinks made by independents with a story to tell.

“There are 1,500 craft distillers and we are working with three or four hundred,” said Mr Davidson, who was in the Bourbon heartlands of Kentucky last week.

He said Glencairn has provided added-value branded glassware for craft distillers from all over the states citing Tuthilltown, Balcones, Journeyman, Garrison Brothers, Sonoma County.

Glencairn sees potential to win lots of business from drinks makers in China and from local firms supplying premium whisky.

UK firms are selling Scotch in China in bottles designed by Glencairn.

The company won a contract last year to supply ornate decanters used by a Hong Kong-based firm for a premium bottling.

Glencairn will use social media platforms such as Weibo to build awareness of the company in China.

Mr Davidson said the 29% growth in sales of the firm’s Glencairn Glass in the latest year also provided testimony to the fact that consumers around the world are looking to enhance their spirit drinking moments.

The glass was designed by Scott’s father Raymond, who founded Glencairn Crystal in 1981. It has tapered sides, to help people enjoy the smell of its contents.

The company sells over three million glasses annually featuring hundreds of brands. They are distributed to over 70 countries worldwide. Besides drinks companies, Glencairn’s clients include BP, Cunard and the Houses of Parliament.


Glencairn grew employee numbers in East Kilbride to 60 in the latest year, from 52.

The company is boosting capacity in East Kilbride and expects to increase employee numbers in coming weeks.

“Our staff have been fantastic,” said managing director Paul Davidson. He added: “We pride ourselves on hiring the right people … and on bringing on new, young recruits that can learn the business.”

Raymond Davidson founded Glencairn Crystal to focus on niche glassware markets such as corporate gifting. He saw the difficulties UK producers faced in the volume trade while working at Edinburgh Crystal.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 7, 2018

Father’s Day is right around the corner! Have you been searching for the perfect gift for your whisky loving dad, but have no idea where to start? We know how difficult it can be, especially  if you have no idea what his favourite tipple is. Maybe a whisky related gift could be the perfect solution?

To help with your search we have compiled a gift guide with something to suit everyone: 

In our opinion, there is no better glass to drink your whisky from! So, treat your dad to our iconic Glencairn Glass this Father’s Day!  RRP:  £6.00

Dad can wear his whisky passion on his sleeve with our Whisky Glass shaped cufflinks. RRP: £20.00

A leatherette Glencairn branded travel case, including 2 mouth-blown, hand cut Glencairn Glasses.  Perfect for those busy dads always on the go! (Available with both our original Glencairn Glass or Cut Glencairn Glass). RRP: £30.00/£60.00

Our flight tray set contains 2 Glencairn Glasses, a wooden tray and a water jug and is the perfect gift for a whisky lover.  RRP: £36.00

sleek, hand polished Iona Crystal Decanter, complimenting the four accompanying Glencairn Glasses in a beautiful presentation box. RRP: £100.00

Why not add an extra special touch and have the gift personalised! All items (minus cufflinks) shown today can be engraved.

If these gifts are exactly what your dad needs just visit our online store to shop these products and so much more! Enjoy an extra little treat by use our promo code DADSDRAM20 for 20% off.

Gordon & MacPhail unveils of Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956

March 21, 2018


Gordon Macphail have announced a special release; Glencairn Crystal created and finished these crystal decanters:

Gordon & MacPhail have announced the release of Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail. This is the last 1950s cask from Linkwood Distillery in Gordon & MacPhail’s exceptional inventory and is believed to be the final remaining 1950s cask globally. Just 53 decanters of the 60-Year-Old single malt whisky have been released for sale worldwide with a UK RRP of £22,000.

Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail boasts a mahogany and chestnut brown colour. It is a layered whisky with highlights of blueberry, fruitcake, and dark chocolate. It comes from Cask 20 which was one of the last casks laid down by John Urquhart, first generation member of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail, before he retired the following month.

Cask 20 matured for six decades under the watchful eyes of John’s son, George, and subsequent generations until the fourth generation of the Urquhart family finally decided it was time to bottle the liquid gold.

The decanters will be packaged in an award-winning design inspired by the landscape surrounding the Linkwood Distillery. Each decanter is hand-blown and individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Rankin. Of the 53 bottles released worldwide, some are available for purchase directly from the company’s ‘spiritual home’, the South Street retail shop in Elgin at an RRP of £22,000.

Written by: Vivien  -21st March 2018 

Whisky Magazine Awards 2017

December 7, 2017

Raymond Davidson, creator of The Glencairn Glass has been inducted into The Whisky Magazines “Hall of Fame”, honouring those who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky.

Raymond was recognised on December 1st at Whisky Magazine’s 2017 Awards in Edinburgh, for his years of commitment to the whisky industry. Raymond will join a number of noteworthy individuals in the coveted Whisky Hall of Fame, including Michael Jackson, Elmer T. Lee, Richard Paterson and many more.

Huge Congratulations to Raymond!


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