About the Quaich


quiach /kwex/ pronounced: kw-ay-ch 
derived from Gaelic cuach 'cup'

The quaich is a traditional Scottish drinking vessel. They are usually made in pewter, but can sometimes be found in silver, wood or oxhorn.

The quaich was traditionally used in the Scottish Highlands to offer a welcoming drink to a visitor. Historically, the double handles meant that if it were to be passed between clansmen it would require both hands, this preventing either from holding a weapon. It was customary to offer a visitor a dram of whisky upon entering your home, and do so with a quaich was a symbol of friendship and welcome. 

Quaichs have become important ceremonial fixtures. At weddings, a popular tradition is for the newly wed couple to both drink from a quaich to symbolise their union. Traditionally whisky is used, but a combination of the couple's favourite drinks is also a popular choice! In some cases the quaich is passed between the bride and groom and their families to symbolise welcoming new family members, or to the wedding guests, who will drink from the quaich to share in the joy of the happy couple. Quaichs have also been incorporated in christenings, as an alternative to the baptismal font - and of course, the tradition of "wetting the baby's head" with a dram of whisky!

Nowadays the quaich is also referred to as the "Cup of Friendship" because of its historical ties, and makes an excellent gift. They can be made personal with engraving and the addition of a clan crest, and are frequently used to commemerate weddings, christenings and other special events.

For more inspiration, why not read our blog post about the quaich - and then have a look at the variety of quaichs we have to offer here at CLAN!

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