Go to any whiskey event and you are very likely to see a Glencairn glass handed out to patrons. You’ll see it at tastings, festivals, bars and backyard barbecues. Many consider the iconic Glencairn shape to be the standard when it comes to the sharing of a dram. The Scotland based company has just celebrated its 15th consecutive year of global growth.
“We are so proud of the success we have achieved within the USA,” said Scott Davidson, New Product Development Director at Glencairn. “The growth in the whisky, specifically craft, sector within the USA has really enabled us to capitalize on what we do well as a business – focus on world-class client service and solutions, whilst building fantastic relationships within this increasingly dynamic and exciting sector. And, as always, we ensure that our customers’ needs are our number one priority.”
The Glencairn Crystal company is a Scottish family business owned and run by the Davidson family. The growth of the business over the past two years, driven most notably from growth within the USA, has been led by demand for the world recognized and industry accredited Glencairn whisky glass with its classic shape that is so well known to millions who enjoy their favorite dram. There has also been a growth in the design, creation and delivery of super-premium decanters for some of the world’s rarest and most expensive whiskies.
Factoid: Over 65,000 Glencairn glasses are now sold per week around the world.
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Overall Glencairn has now delivered fifteen years of consecutive growth globally. The company reported worldwide sales of the $14.2 million (£11.3 million) in 2018. Of that, the US market now accounts for some 33% at over $5 million a year, up 12% since 2017.
Glencairn Crystal was named the official whiskey tasting glass provider of the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) for 2018 and 2019. Glencairn Crystal has also been the official trophy and glass sponsor of the American Distilling Institute (ADI) since 2016, as well as the official glass sponsor of the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) since 2014.
Glencairn sells to more than 400 craft distilleries in the United States like Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery and Garrison Brothers Distillery as well as the larger historic distilleries like Jack Daniel Distillery. Glencairn is sold in 95 countries throughout the world including all 50 U.S. states.