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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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 £28,000. 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 £75000.

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.”





Scotland’s leading crystal company toasts to Queen’s Award for International Enterprise

April 21, 2017

Glencairn – Scotland’s most renowned and celebrated crystal company – has been awarded the highest accolade in British business: The Queen’s Award for International Enterprise.

As this year’s Queen’s Awards are announced today, Glencairn raises a toast to their third Queen’s Award since 2006 from the UK’s most prestigious business accolades, celebrating their win as one of Scotland’s most successful family-owned and run companies of the past three decades.

Founded in 1980 by Raymond Davidson and now managed by Raymond’s sons, Paul and Scott Davidson, Glencairn’s global reputation has become synonymous with quality, innovation and exceptional customer service within the fine crystal and glassware industry. Over the past three decades, the company has become of the most successful and pioneering businesses within both the whisky and packaging industries – not just in the UK, but on the global stage.

Celebrated for its ground-breaking creation of the Glencairn Whisky Glass the world over, in addition to its extraordinary spirit packaging craftsmanship, Glencairn’s reputation as one of the most enterprising and creative organisations within the drinks industry has gone from strength to strength. Their business now boasts clients from every major drinks organisation – large and small. The Glencairn Whisky Glass is now an iconic emblem within the whisky world and one that has invigorated and educated whisky drinkers and novices around the world.

Since being founded, Glencairn has grown its team to over 50 full time staff at their East Kilbride facility, with 3 million Glencairn whisky glasses (plus other crystal products) now reaching over 60 export markets globally.

Since 2012, company growth has trebled internationally, and as demand within the whisky industry continues to soar for bespoke glassware and high quality decanters, so do the opportunities arising for Glencairn’s global presence within the sector.

At the heart of this continued success is the company’s family values and unique approach to business: something that is appreciated and much loved amongst Glencairn’s clients and suppliers alike. As the company continues to celebrate success, the values on which the business was built over 30 years ago are retained at every level of the organisation.

Paul Davidson, Managing Director said:

“At Glencairn, we pride ourselves on the highest level of customer service, quality craftsmanship and above all else, treating our suppliers, employees and clients with extraordinary care and attention at all times. We believe in challenging ourselves to

deliver a product that not only reflects our customer’s requirements and expectations – but

exceeds them. The recognition that we have received from The Queen’s Award this year and in the past, helps to reinforce, not only our business and growth success, but also our management and development skills for the superb team we have within the business. We are delighted to be awarded such an incredible and highly esteemed award once again.”

Competing with some of the UK’s leading businesses, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise celebrate the outstanding achievement from UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. In addition to the award this year, Glencairn has previously won:

  • The Queens Award for Enterprise 2012
  • The Queens Award for Innovation 2006 (with the Glencairn Whisky Glass)

Scott Davidson, Commercial Director continued: “We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation within the industry, leading the world in the development of premium decanters for premium aged whisky.  We have developed vessels for some of the finest and most rare whisky ever sold in the world. We position ourselves as Scotland’s Crystal Company and, with our expertise in crystal, design and packaging and we are honoured to now be the pre-eminent supplier of premium crystal to the market.”

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