Scottish Quaich

Real Cow Horn Quaich - Traditional Scottish Whiskey Cup

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    Historically Accurate Replica

    FOR THE ULTIMATE HIGHLAND TOAST!

    DRINK WHISKY THE REAL WAY!

    SAVOUR A DRAM BY POURING IT ONTO THE TONGUE FROM A QUAICH, AND LET IT WAFT OVER THE PALLET. THIS A TRADITIONAL HIGHLAND WEDDING & CHRISTENING GIFT ALSO TRADITIONAL “RITE OF MANHOOD” BIRTHDAY GIFT, FOR A YOUNG MAN’S FIRST DRAM OF WHISKEY.

    These quaichs are made from real cow horn, as such, each one is a unique work of nature, they range in colour from a light translucent beige to very dark blackish brown, many have both of these colours and much in between! There may even be the odd patch of white. The quaichs pictured above are merely fair and average examples of this item. They are about 21.5 cm at the widest point and each can hold about 350ml of liquid.

    WANT A SET? BUY 3 GET ONE FREE - NO FUSS: JUST ORDER 3 AND 4 WILL BE DELIVERED

    History of the Quaich

    The quaich, or quaigh, (pronounced "quake") -a cultural icon- is the traditional Scottish drinking vessel consisting of a shallow cup, with two horizontal handles (lugs). It is a simple utilitarian design that dates back well over four hundred years. The earliest written reference to a quaich dates back to 1546, however its use had already been long established in Scottish culture. The quaich is uniquely Scottish and not related to the English and American single-handled (rarely with two handles) porringer and the French tastevin. Derived from the Gaelic word "cuach" meaning shallow cup, this ancient beaker originated in the Scottish Highlands and was commonly used to drink fresh water from a spring or "burn" (Scottish term for stream) or to savor an occasional dram, or two, of spirits at an inn or tavern.

    The precursor to the quaich was probably a scallop shell used in the Scottish Islands and Highlands. The quaich was a personal drinking cup, generally not shared with others-never leaving the hand-for fear of "poisoning," or "watering down" the whisky, and was commonly carried on a belt or affixed to a saddle as a "stirrup cup." The small size made it easy to carry on extended journeys. Originally they were made of wood, perhaps a simple carved piece of wood. The best quaichs were constructed of horn, or bone. Later versions were made from leather, wood, stone, and eventually various metals. In the late 17th Century, quaichs were beginning to be made in pewter and silver. Silver quaichs were first mentioned in the 1660s and many were engraved to resemble the traditional horn examples. The cups are made in various sizes that originally measured spirits in "drams" - (1 dram = 1/8 ounce). Sir Walter Scott, the prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet, was particularly fond of the quaich. King James VI of Scotland gave Anne of Norway a quaich as a wedding gift in 1589 and the custom continues today. Quaichs (quaiches) are often used at wedding ceremonies to symbolize that the newly joined couple trusts each other enough to share (quaff) from the same cup. In Kilmuir (island of Skye), there is a wooden quaich that was formerly used as a baptismal font and thus began the tradition of using a quaich as a baptismal or christening gift. At christenings, a quaich is often proudly passed around and ceremoniously drunk from to honor and celebrate the new addition to the church family. Historically, they were also used as a "rite of manhood" gift to men who had at last attained the "drinking age." Many quaichs are passed down through generations and become family heirlooms.

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    1. Awesome Quiach Whiskey Cup!!!

      Beautifully made and fantastic to drink whiskey out of. I love it!!!!! Thank you so much. Highly recommended. on 24th Nov 2016

    2. Traditional Quaich

      Perfect exactly what we wanted for our wedding, will be buying more in the future for ourselves
      Great quality
      on 12th Feb 2015

    3. Wonderful quality

      Beautiful crafstmanship. on 19th Dec 2014

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    • Quaich Drinking Cup Scotland
      Tour Scotland video, learn about the Quaich, the Scottish Drin...

    Quaich Drinking Cup Scotland

    Tour Scotland video, learn about the Quaich, the Scottish Drinking Cup in Scotland. A special kind of shallow two handled drinking cup or bowl. Commonly used for drinking whisky with friends. Sometimes the bottoms of the quaich are made of glass, allegedly so that the drinker could keep watch on his companions. A more romantic quaich had a double glass bottom in which was kept a lock of hair so that the owner could drink from his quaich to his lady love, and, in 1589, King James VI of Scotland gave Anne of Denmark a quaich or "loving cup" as a wedding gift.
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