Gin pigs are the bar cart accessory we didn’t know we needed

Move over crystal wine decanters, gin pigs are the new must have.

The glass gin decanters come from an unlikely source. Not a trendy start-up distillery or an online retailer, but The National Trust of Scotland.

The Trust writes that wealthy households in the 19th century put different decanters to use for various spirits. Naturally, a glass shaped pig became the de facto vessel for gin. They even had silver stops for snouts.

Managing director Karen Somerville first came up with the idea after coming across the quirky glasses online and again at Brodie Castle.

Inspired by the gin pigs on display at Brodie Castle, glassmaker Tom Young MBE  modelled his creations after the Victorian antiques.

Angels’ Share Glass’ gin pig

Keeping it in the family, her father, glassmaker Tom Young MBE, modelled the new gin pigs after the Victorian antiques. His handmade creations can fit a double (50ml) of gin.

“I’m a member of the National Trust for Scotland,” said Karen. “And after reading about the pigs online and visiting the Castle, I was keen to resurrect the story.”

“My dad Tom developed some prototypes and from there we came up with a lovely design which will be sold exclusively through our online shop.”

The father daughter duo are already planning their next creation: salt pigs. These porcine cousins will be just the right homes  for whisky salt.

Tom said: “It’s funny how life comes full circle – one of my first designs was a lucky glass pig with a halfpenny inside which I made for a charity event back in 1974. It’s amazing to see how fashions come around again.”

The father daughter duo are already planning their next creation: salt pigs. These porcine cousins will be just the right home for whisky salt.

Gin pigs, £29.95, are available online from Angels’ Share Glass


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