Whisky Words: Quaich
The word "quaich" is derived from the Gaelic word "cuach," meaning cup. Drinking whisky from a quaich is a tradition that has historical and cultural significance, particularly in Scotland.
Vic Cameron, one of our whisky lecturers says: “A quaich is a small two handled drinking vessel that you can drink whisky out of. It used to be used for friendship ceremonies and it can be used at weddings for joining the two families. So, it's just a lovely little way of drinking whisky with friends and family.”
The quaich has a long history in Scotland, dating back several centuries. It has been used in both everyday life and important events, contributing to its cultural significance.
The quaich is often associated with hospitality, friendship and trust. When sharing a dram of whisky from a quaich, it is seen as a symbol of camaraderie and a gesture of warmth and friendship. It is for this reason that quaichs are commonly used in various ceremonies, such as weddings, toasts, and other special occasions.