Instead of popping them in the recycling bucket, co-director Karen Somerville realised the bottles could be used to make brand new products – candles and candlestick holders.
Now, at the end of each month, she selects the most attractive bottles which the firm has used to fill its signature product – unique glass whisky angels – with a share of the amber nectar and upcycles them.
The bottles are cleaned and then specially split before being filled with whisky- scented pure soy wax to make unique gifts which look and smell amazing.
The large bottom bottle candles last for hours and make a lovely table centrepiece.
The firm also handcrafts attractive candle holders from the neck of vintage whisky bottles which sit on a wooden stave made from oak whisky barrels with tweed or tartan lining.
Karen says: “We had been just recycling the many bottles we use in our glassware each month but this proved a much better and more eco-friendly idea.
“The candles and candle-holders have proved popular with our online customers who say they are taking pride of place in their drinks cabinets and on their tables.
“And they like the fact we are reusing the bottles – something which fits with our ethical approach to business.”
The whisky candles are the latest coup for Angels’ Share – a Stirling-based family business which 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 the glassmakers.
The concept led to the firm being recognised by Dragon’s Den mentor Theo Paphitis who gave Angels’ Share Glass a boost on social media via his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) initiative.
More details about the firm’s unique products for whisky-lovers can be found at http://www.angelsshareglass.com
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