About The Quaich Podcast
The Quaich is a new podcast from two whisky obsessed friends living in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.
In the spirit of the traditional quaich drinking vessel we aim to welcome you and share our love of whisky in a light-hearted but informative manner.
Expect discussion of the drams that have caught our attention recently beside some lively debate on the hot topics of the day. We hope to bring you interviews from the passionate people involved in the whisky scene, both in Glasgow and further afield.
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What is a Quaich?
For centuries whisky has played a pivotal role in Scottish society, both as a social lubricant and ceremonial aid. A dram is taken to toast the birth of a newborn, to commiserate the death of a loved one, to see in the new year and to celebrate a wedding, or any other special occasion for that matter. In truth, the Scots have never needed much encouragement to pour a drop of the amber nectar.
A common feature of ceremonial occasions is a bowl-like cup known as a Quaich. This two handled drinking vessel is believed to have originated in the clan culture of the Highlands, possibly inspired by the scallop shells that were once used to hold a dram. The Quaich (from the Gaelic "cuach" for cup) was used to welcome visitors, passing from host to guest. Since each man had to use both hands neither could hold a weapon, making the humble Quaich the ultimate symbol of trust and friendship, although some were said to prefer a glass-bottomed version, so they could keep an eye on the other whilst drinking.
Today the Quaich is most often used at weddings, Bride and Groom sipping from the same cup as a metaphor for their union, a tradition believed to have begun in 1589 when King James VI presented one to Anne of Denmark on the occasion of their wedding. They are also sometimes used as an alternative to trophies. During the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014 for example, bronze, silver and gold medal winners were presented with a specially designed commemorative Quaich as a Scottish alternative to flowers.
Traditional Quaichs were carved from a single block of wood but they are now more commonly made of pewter or silver, with ornate Celtic designs carved into the handles. Their purpose now seems predominantly decorative, but it is in their traditional use and the spirit of welcoming friends and strangers alike that we have created The Quaich Podcast, an audio equivalent to the "cup of friendship", where acquantainces old and new meet over a drink. A virtual fireplace, where drams are shared and tall tales told. Where a lack of knowledge is never judged and differing preferences are celebrated. Where whisky and friendship come together.
Fàilte gu Podcast Quaich.
Micky Plummer, ambassador for an international whisky brand.
Micky fell in love with whisky at the age of 30 whilst on a weekend in Kinloch Rannoch. Being from Plymouth, Micky didn't have much experience with whisky but that educational evening in a Perthshire hotel bar was followed by a distillery tour the very next day and the fire was well and truly lit. In recent years he has taken his passion for the subject more seriously, self funding his education by completing the Scotch Malt Whisky Trail course then becoming a certified Whisky Ambassador and attaining both level 1 and level 2 WSET awards in spirits. In November 2019 Micky quit his engineering career in order to concentrate on the world of whisky. Where there's whisky, Micky won't be far behind.
Neill Murphy, writer of the WhiskyReviews.net blog.
Neill had a whisky epiphany in his late 20s whilst attending a highland funeral but what began as a passing interest in a new drink soon developed into something of an obsession and Neill was soon completing John Lamond's Scotch Whisky Academy course and becoming a certified Whisky Ambassador. In 2015 he combined his passion for whisky with a love of writing and launched WhiskyReviews.net, a blog which has since amassed more than 400 reviews. Five years later Neill is still writing and can also be found on Facebook at the helm of the Glasgow Whisky Group or serving as host on the Islay Whisky Academy Kinship.
The Quaich Podcast and associated website was created by Ross Stephen.
Podcast theme music is supplied by David King Music.