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 Scotchwhisky.com, 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.’


August 24, 2017

Following the launch of the extremely well received 1971 edition last year, we have now released the 1972 Warehouse 6 Collection to the market, the second release in a series of six.

A single malt captured in its prime by our distillery men before too much was lost to the angels, the 1972 Warehouse 6 Collection is bottled at 42.1% abv and has a limited run of only 380 bottles.

The 1972  has a distinct and complex character – with aromas of summer meadow wildflowers and flavours of sweet almond, coffee and winter spices – which have been developed over four decades of maturation, under the watchful waiting of the casks’ dedicated custodians.

This exquisite single malt is part of our Warehouse 6 Collection – a celebration of casks matured in its traditional dunnage warehouse. It has been aged in three sherry hogshead casks (23404, 23405 and 23406), laid low on antique wooden rails, above cool earthen floor, in the very heart of the Tomatin Distillery grounds.

The 1972  is presented in a stunning wooden presentation box. The box is opened by pressing lightly on two rose gold metal buttons found on the side of the box, which allows the top to be lifted off revealing the bottle and glasses. Inside, a wooden podium base holds the hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter and glasses decorated with solid copper bands. The bottle boasts a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky.

Stephen Bremner, our Sales Director, said, “It is very exciting to finally launch the 1972 Warehouse 6 Collection malt, which has been sitting patiently in some of our most treasured casks, maturing and growing in flavour; just as the Tomatin brand itself has grown throughout the years. We wanted to create a range of whiskies that truly capture the heart of the distillery. This we achieved initially with the 1971, and now with the 1972.”

The 1972 will retail at £2,000 and will be available from luxury whisky retailers by mid-August.


Glencairn Crystal cracks the luxury spirits market

August 24, 2017

Glencairn – Scotland’s leading crystal company – has announced an expansion of its work within the luxury spirit decanter and glassware sector.

The family owned award-winning business located just outside Glasgow, is increasing its luxury credentials through the ongoing expansion of the hand finishing and bespoking team.

As the business continues to grow, so has the demand from brands looking for a premium crystal company who can provide an extraordinary level of bespoke details. Glencairn is proud to have a dedicated team who have been carefully selected for their expertise and level of craftsmanship. The team works exclusively on hand embellishing and finishing high end bottles and decanters, some of which have been commissioned to carry the oldest and rarest spirits around the world, most notably for whisky brands. This team has grown year on year, with a dedicated in-house development team who specialise in 3D design, metal ware, specialist gem stones application.

Recent launches of super premium and luxury products have enabled Glencairn to truly perfect their knowledge and expertise within this sector. Sourcing gemstones that are applied to the decanters and bottles, to fine metalwork and embossing detail. The business is seeing an exponential increase in demand for super luxury packaging, the time and investment in training of new staff will only enhance the company’s ability to respond to the growing demand in the sector.

Collaborations with brands such as Glenmorangie, Glenfarclas, Karuizawa and Gordon & MacPhail have meant that the company can showcase, not only the occasional high-end luxury decanter, but an entire portfolio of totally unique projects that show the breadth of creativity and innovation being borne out of their expanding team.

Glencairn’s recent launched luxury decanters include:

Glenfarclas Pagoda: The Pagoda series is a range of decanters designed and created using different metals and embellishments. The series comprises a set of three decanters in bronze, silver and gold sold together for around £50,000. The new Ruby Release for the Glenfarclas 62 Year Old was the first decanter Glencairn has produced with rubies set into the design itself. This was launched recently at the RRP of £34,000 each and a Magnum size at £75,000.

Glenmorangie Pride 1974: The oldest and rarest Glenmorangie ever released, this 41-year-old single malt is a marriage of two whiskies from two casks, one matured for its entire life in ex-bourbon casks, the other in ex-Oloroso sherry butts. The decanter echoes the style of the previous Pride bottles, with delicate gold leafing and plating around the neck. It was released in the UK in May, RRP: £7,500.


Karuizawa:  An exceptional 40-year-old whisky, this bottle was commissioned by La Maison du Whisky, designed to incorporate the cultural history between Japan and France through Japonisme – the artistic movement between the two countries. The bottle uses  (add details..)

Gordon & MacPhail: The leading independent bottler commissioned Glencairn to create a stunning bottle for their 75 YO Mortlach. The Generations release as it was named, was around £20,000 and the oldest whisky ever bottled.

Director, Scott Davidson commented: “We have an extraordinary team who have successfully managed to bring to life some luxury packaging innovations. From design concept stage, to implementation and finishing stages, we strive for the finest quality across our business. Something that we are now seeing pay dividends overall as the luxury end of the market is choosing to work with us on an ongoing basis.

We really are global leaders in high end decanter design and packaging – with the work we already have in our portfolio and the incoming enquires our position should do nothing but improve.”