A Brief History
Cobhthaigh Celtique and The Glencairn Glass
Hello, Marty and Dave of Cobhthaigh Celtique here:
We have received so much positive press and feedback about the Glencairn Glass.
Thank you Kevin at The Scotch Blog for letting us reach more whisky enthusiasts by posting the article about U.S. availability at our website on February 6, 2008. Thanks to everyone who have thus far responded to this notification by purchasing glasses, and those with positive and uplifting comments about how much more you are enjoying whisky now, and how much a good glass makes a difference in the experience. Many have written to say they were buying them for a friend, husband, or to share with a group who get together to enjoy whisky and were glad to find something affordable, functional, and classy at the same time. We have had a tremendous positive response from others trying to find these specific glasses, or just a perfect glass, or even a decent glass – realizing that the POM juice/tea glass that they were currently using was not it, at least not for whisky drinking. Please see the “Customer Comments” section for remarks from all the happy, whisky glass-enjoying recipients. We know that you or your recipient are going to achieve a higher level of enjoyment of your whisky(ey) by using these fantastic glasses.
We had wanted to find a U.S. source for these, ever since we were first introduced to them in Jim McEwan’s Master Class at Bruichladdich during the Feis Ile in 2003. After seeing the price for one or two glasses on any available websites, or at the few retail outlets we could find them at, we decided to contact The Glencairn Glass Company ourselves and offer these glasses to the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Since we import these from Scotland, we have to pay import duty and pretty hefty shipping costs, not to mention the dollar to pound exchange deficit, and yet we still offer them at one of the most reasonable prices on any website or retail store out there, including those in the U.K. Please, see the price comparisons on our website which we attempt to keep up to date with adjustments in the exchange rate, changes to pricing and sales that the few others offering these glasses occasionally make.
A bit about shipping costs for those with questions about that. We made the decision to ship using FedEx, based on several factors:
· We are able to get glasses shipped the next day, with the exception of glasses ordered after about 5:00 on Friday, go out on Monday. Delivery has been averaging 2-5 days to most of the U.S.
· Shipping cost usually is pretty comparable to USPS and better than UPS in our experience. The cost to ship a package in the U.S. from our home in Colorado has been around $7.50 to over $12.00, depending on number or glasses, distance and how rural the location of delivery is. We also incur residential fees for all non-commercial deliveries, and rural fees if we ship to a place that FedEx thinks is rural (out of their normal truck delivery routes), and for the ever popular fuel surcharge fee.
· Despite the durability of these glasses, they are still made of glass and are fragile. We spend a bit extra time and money to wrap each glass in good bubble wrap and pack the glasses surrounded with bubble or peanuts. Using FedEx allows us to insure them at no additional cost. With that said, we have had extremely low incidences of breakage. Another supplier simply states in their shipping information that “Breakage is not insurable”.
· For us, the convenience of being able to drop the shipments off on our way to work or while out doing errands at one of the 3 convenient FedEx locations close to home and en route to our work places, and avoiding our very annoying and time wasting lines at our particular Post Office, far outweighs the few cents we might save.
· For the recipient the convenience of FedEx policy to drop shipments without requiring the recipient be available for signature or standing in a line at the post office to pick up the package prevents this annoyance and delay in getting your glasses, which we know you want to get in use ASAP!