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.”





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.


Raymond Davidson, Honoured as Keeper of the Quaich

November 24, 2016




 Glencairn Crystal founder and chairman, Raymond Davidson, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Scottish Whisky industry by being inducted into the prestigious Keepers of the Quaich.


The Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive and international society that recognises those who have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch Whisky industry. Founded by the leading distillers, it is by its very nature , the beating heart of the industry.


 A delighted Raymond, who received the equivalent of the whisky knighthood, at a ceremony in Blair Castle in Perthtshire this week, said: “It is a great honour to be joining the Keepers of the Quaich in the company of dedicated and passionate people around the world who are proud to be part of a select society and who are dedicated to achieving appreciation of our magnificent spirit – Scotch Whisky.”,   


Products designed by Glencairn Crystal range from luxury crystal development to engineering precious metal closures, quality presentation packaging and the Glencairn glass, designed by Raymond  specificaly to enhance the whisky drinking experience, and is now widely accepted as the official whisky drinking glass by the industry.



Glencairn now employ over 50 people in design and production and have partnered on projects with almost every Scotch whisky company and export their products to over 60 countries.    


Raymond concluded: ”At Glencairn we have built our business on a commitment to personal service and quality. The company has grown through a truly innovative approach to the market that has led us to the forefront of premium packaging for some of the world ‘s rarest and most expensive whiskies.” 


“The worldwide fame of the company rests with the ubiquitous Glencairn Glass, the unofficial ‘official’ glass for Scotch around the world.  Glencairn Glass is over 3 million glasses, exported to over 60 countries.Thats three million brand ambassadors promoting the best spirit in the world , all over the world.”   







March 31, 2016

Glencairn director Scott Davidson with Boelter director,Jeff Pappas. For immediate
Glencairn director Scott Davidson with Boelter director,Jeff Pappas.
For immediate

In a first for Glencairn Crystal, the company have announced the
signing of a milti-million dollar manufacturing and distribution
agreement with Boelter, the largest independent decorator of glassware
in America.

The agreement, worth an estimated $2.5m over the next 3 years will allow Boelter to decorate
and distribute products supplied by Glencairn and this is the first
time that the East Kilbride based company has entered into this kind of

Said director Scott Davidson: “ We are delighted to form a partnership
with Boelter, Like Glencairn, they are a second generation business and
are prominent in the craft beer and spirits industry which is booming in the USA.
They also have similar ideals, values and the same forward thinking
interests and Customer Service objectives.”

“As our expansion plans in the USA continues apace, entering into
partnership with the country’s largest independent company in the
industry will improve our customer experience and speed up the
distribution process within the USA.. Boelter will be working to
support distribution on our behalf in order to meet the continuing
demand for our products in the USA.”

Earlier this year, Glencairn announced a rise in global sales of 20%
with products now on sale on all seven continents.