Sharing our Secret's at Speyside Whisky Festival & picking up a Dragon on the way

At the beginning of May The Angels' Share team shared a few of it's secrets at the popular Speyside Whisky festival.

Tom & Karen were invited to demonstrate how they make their bespoke whisky glassware during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival at The Macallan Distillery in Craigellachie

Our Master glassblower Tom Young shared his expertise with visitors from all over the world who were treated to the display as part of a tour of the Macallan distillery.

Kat Stables, Macallan Visitor Centre Guide, says: “Tom and his team were a real `glass’ act!

“The Angels’ Share glassblowing demos gave our visitors an extra insight into the whisky industry and made the festival an even more memorable experience.”

Tom says: “Having the chance to take our glassblowing out of the studio was a new experience for us and it was hugely rewarding to see people’s reactions as they watched what we do.”

The company’s invitation to the festival is the latest coup for Angels’ Share Glass ® – our family business  has gone from strength to strength since its launch two years ago.

It all started when Tom and his daughter Karen Somerville decided to capture the spirit of a whisky producers’ legend, known as the Angels’ Share, through the creation of handmade glass angels.

According to the myth, the small volume of whisky which is lost to evaporation while it matures in a cask or barrel is actually taken away by angels before it can be bottled.

And in tribute to that legend, the firm’s glass angels are filled and sealed with 30ml of 40% volume single malt - a measure of the Angels' Share – in a secret process known only to our glassmakers.

The concept led to Karen winning Entrepreneur of the Year at the prestigious Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards recently.

The firm,  which now features a range of glass products celebrating the Scottish whisky industry, has also been recognised by Dragon’s Den mentor Theo Paphitis.

Each week, Theo picks out a handful of businesses from hundreds of entrants and gives them a boost on social media via his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) initiative.

Angels’ Share became one of the lucky few to benefit after I tweeted him describing the business in just a few words.

Now, the firm’s profile features on Theo’s website and details of its unique products have been tweeted to his thousands of Twitter followers.

“Winning #SBS was fantastic and the exposure was a huge boost for our business.


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