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!


For more information about Whisky Magazines Hall of Fame visit:


October 18, 2017

The Paterson Collection, a £1 million compendium of Dalmore single malts, has finally been sold four years after going on sale.

Dalmore Paterson Collection
Life’s work: Richard Paterson describes the collection as ‘a distillation of my life in the industry’

The Paterson Collection, a £1 million compendium of Dalmore single malts, has finally been sold four years after going on sale.

The one-off collection of 12 single malts, which was created in 2013 by Dalmore master blender Richard Paterson, in partnership with London department store Harrods, has been sold to a ‘young Chinese collector’.

With a price tag of £987,500, the 12-piece collection features some of Dalmore distillery’s ‘rarest and most valuable’ stock, dating from 1926.

Each whisky, which has been matured in American white oak, and Gonzalez Byass matusalem and apostoles Sherry casks, is presented in a lead crystal Glencairn decanter featuring hand-engraved silver plaques by Hamilton & Inches.

The Paterson Collection also comes with a bespoke wooden display cabinet and 200-page ledger detailing how the blender created each whisky.

Luxury whisky: The Paterson Collection consists of 12 crystal decanters of Dalmore single malt

At the time of its unveiling, the Dalmore Paterson Collection was the world’s most expensive collection of whiskies ever created.

It remained on display in Harrods’ Fine Spirits room for 12 months, but was relocated to Dalmore distillery in 2014 after failing to find a buyer.

Although it has taken four years for the collection to be purchased, the Highlands distillery has always been confident it would eventually find a home.

A spokesperson for Dalmore said: ‘The collector has a keen interest in whisky and wanted to visit the distillery to experience for himself the craftsmanship that goes into making the Dalmore.

‘He viewed the Paterson Collection while he was there and immediately knew that it was a special piece of history that he wanted to own.’

Paterson added that he was ‘absolutely sure’ the collection’s new owner will open the whiskies to drink. ‘I’ve told him in no uncertain terms that every bottle holds many memories,’ he said.

‘When he opens them it must be with the right food, atmosphere and people, and he’s the kind of man who wants to do that right. He has the right attitude to open it at the right time to give him memories that will last the rest of his life.’

The purchase coincides with the sale of all 50 decanters of Dalmore 50 Year Old, a £50,000 limited edition expression released earlier this year to mark Paterson’s 50th anniversary in the whisky industry.

In a recent interview with, Paterson said the Dalmore 50 ‘epitomises’ the care and attention the blender has given to whisky over the last five decades.

He said: ‘With all 50 bottles now sold and the sale of The Paterson Collection, which is truly a distillation of my life in the industry, this has drawn a perfect close to what has been a truly exceptional year in my life.’