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SWIG Artist Collaboration Programme

Sup guys, long time no speak! 

You might have seen stirrings of this wee one on Instagram, if not have a check back and see if you can spot what has been going on behind the scenes...

Early SWIG-ers might recall our first artist collaboration back in 2014, where some talented people were scouted to hand draw epic designs onto a SWIG Flask pouch. Pretty cool right? You can see some below :D

limited edition swig pouches 2014

*Official Announcement: Well due to popular demand I have decided to launch a new collaboration programme in 2018*

There are already artists from 10 countries signed up, and only 25 spaces left. I actually can't wait to see what designs they come up with; there are some amazingly talented people of all ages and styles (and I've given them a complete free reign :O) so this is going to be legit.

If you can recommend someone hit me up here I'm always open to new names and ideas, especially from the SWIG Society.


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Harris Tweed SWIG Flask Firefighter Twins

Happy New Year Guys!
I have a heart warming story to share this morning, one I had to keep under my hat for a wee while until the gift was distributed. But settle in, this one will have you tingling more than a Bushmills Whisky.
Not long before Christmas I was contacted by a customer from the USA who ordered a Harris Tweed Black Hip Flask for his Firefighter buddy. 
"I would like to purchase a Swig Harris Tweed Black Flask for a buddy of mine who is retiring as a fire fighter here in the states. And then I got your email about the US give away. ( I was 18 by the way) and it got me thinking. I want to keep the karma going. So I want to buy my friend a flask and I want to buy one for you to give away to a fire fighter in the UK. keep the numbers one apart if possible. What do you think?"
What a legend eh? So the search began, and nominations were from all across the UK, but I finally settled on Stevie, who was nominated by Andrew McBay.

"I would like to nominate Firefighter Stevie Hawkwood for the flask as he has recently passed his fire training for Kent Fire & Rescue Service and is also an Afghanistan veteran".

The Harris Tweed SWIG Hip Flask has since zoomed its way to Stevie in the UK and his partner in crime David in the USA. It's so awesome to think the SWIG Society is growing worldwide, but even better knowing they're bringing wee anecdotes like this back to brighten my day.

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Xmas SWIG® Swap 2017 *Enter Now*

Like the look of my SWIGs? Think you'd love to get one as a prezzie for someone? Eyeing your bank balance nervously? Hiding from your bank balance in abject terror?

So, until Saturday 25th November, I have three SWIG Gift Sets to sell - not for money, but for swapsies.

It's your chance to ease up the Xmas spending, spend more on whisky, and have a bit of fun. 


1. Email me at and tell me what you'd like offer.... 

  • It can be: Skills/Items/Advice/Services
  • It can't be: Custody offers of family members.  

2. I'll pick my 3 favourite offers (over a nice SWIG of Bushmills). 

3. We'll seal the deal by Saturday 25th November and you get any gift set of your choice in return.

SWIG SWAP 2016...

I made THIS video last year. It was an awesome response. I got over 50 offers (see some below)...It was a difficult choice, but I was only able to take up 3.

  • Steven Robbins who runs Fiddle Foundry offered me the pick of his store, but when I saw the Copper Hammered top Spinning top I knew it was the one. It has spun many a time across my table over the past year.

Fiddle Foundry SWIG Swap

  • Fred Huergo got in touch about his awesome 3D rendering skills (more of which can be viewed here). It wasn't just that his work was so good, but when he told me about his two friends reuniting in London over Christmas, I was sold! You can see his work HERE.
    Fred SWIG SWAP         Fred SWIG Swap 2

                FRED SWIG SWAP 3                            Fred SWIG Swap 4

  • Andrew Mills knew the way to my heart; "I have been infusing and maturing my first batch of blackberry whisky, the process started April 2015 and will reach optimum swigging maturity in time for ChristmasDisclaimer: there is no picture because I drank it all before I could snap one...what can I say it was Christmas!

Last years runners up:

  • Nick Shack; A years supply of 'SWIG' bespoke stickers. He designed them from scratch and I've been including them in every order. Also put them all over the workshop :D
  • Lizzie Ecrichley;  Homemade Amaretti Biscuits and 3D dinosaur Gingerbread biscuits. These were RIDICULOUS. There was so many of them and even included a SWIG Flask made of Gingerbread. A* for effort.
  • Annette Covey;  Handmade bracelet from wood gathered from the Forest floors of Wiltshire. Loved how much care and attention went into this one.

Also a shoutout to Gray Mears.. He offered a tour around the Emergency Operations Centre in London. I was super tempted but didn't find a time to get over to London! Also Darren Thompson who was offering out a full marketing consultation service via Skype. I was so damn busy with Christmas that I didn't have time to change up my strat. But super interesting regardless!

Dinosaur Cookies SWIG SWAP
Now that the creative juices have been stimulated, what are you waiting for? Get in touch now with your offer, as you can see there is no limit to the skills that have been rewarded!

Deadline is 25th November 2017.

Good Luck. 

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SWIG Hip Flasks presents: SWIG Swap 2016

Like the look of my SWIGs? Think you'd love to get one as a prezzie for someone? Eyeing your bank balance nervously? Hiding from your bank balance in abject terror?

So, for one week only, until Wednesday 23rd November, I have three SWIG Gift Sets to sell - not for money, but for skills.

It's your chance to ease up the Xmas spending, spend more on whisky, and have a bit of fun.

1. Email me at and tell me what you'd like offer.... 

  • It can be: Skills/Items/Advice/Services
  • It can't be: Custody offers of family members.  

2. I'll pick my 3 favourite offers (over a nice SWIG of Jawbox Gin). 

3. We'll seal the deal by Wednesday 23rd November and you get any gift set of your choice in return.


SWIG SWAP 2015...

I made THIS video last year. It was an awesome response. I got over 30 offers (see some below)...It was a difficult choice, but I was only able to take up 3.


SWIG SWAP 2 lemon drizzle

My favourite was a Hand Knitted 'Aran' Jumper from Joanna. She made it so I could wear it on my next whisky expedition to Scotland. It is awesome.

SWIG SWAP Hand Knitted Jumper

I also chose some video work for my Youtube channel, and a piece of bespoke woodturning from a young craftsman. I've also swapped SWIG's in the past for bottles of excellent gin, one guy took us to Buckingham Palace, and one lovely gal even cooked me a birthday cake!

So Good Luck. Just send your trade through to

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SWIG Hip Flask- Latest Christmas Order Dates!

I’m dreaming of a SWIG Christmas… yes I know I can hear you from here “its only November…Halloween was only yesterday" etc etc...

But, it is only 42 days until the big man in the red suit pops down the chimney, and if you’re anything like me it seems like a million miles away. But I am assured by our SWIG team that before I know it, Christmas will soon be upon us (and am I quite sure I don’t want to start ordering presents).

So this is a thumbs up to you guys that are thinking… "aye right its still at least a month away", I got your back.

Check out our postage options below:

20th December - Last orders for 2nd Class Postage

21st December – Last orders for 1st Class Postage (48 hours)

22nd December – Special Delivery Guaranteed (24 hours)

23rd December – Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed (next day)

24th December – Pre arranged with myself (collection only)

But if you're on the other side of the fence and are getting your ducks in a row, you'll be pleased to hear we've been getting orders since August...yes August you did read that right. So you are not alone - it's never too early to order a SWIG Flask.


David (#00000) 

PS if you’re based in Northern Ireland I can get you a SWIG flask on 24th December even if it means donning the red suit and picking up the black sack and delivering it to you myself.

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SWIG Hip Flasks adventure: Culture Night -Belfast

On the 16th September Culture Night dawned and I decided to "be cultured" and see if it was all it was cracked up to be. It had a festival vibe with lots of people about that would not normally be there...loitering... and of course a heaving amount of craic. I had just got my hands on my Limited Edition Capped Flask and couldn't wait to take it out on it's first adventure, and what an occasion for its maiden voyage.

David Galbraith with Gary Redpath

One of my mates known as 'Turtle' (right) was feasting on the free Veda bread, but nothing matched up to the bacon on top, or the free cheese in the Tesco tent.

Now you might be wondering what on earth Culture Night is, but basically it's a free for all for businesses to show case local produce, entertainers to entertain and a wee night out for the locals. Check out this guy, he was cracker -nothing wrong with belting out The Gambler and donning a pair of cowboy boots.

Culture Night Crowd

A quick pitstop to refill the Capped Flask with some Absinthe, designated driver short straw was drawn by Nicole... So it was in fact her steady hand that rescued us that night (there was a funnel knocking about but unsure where that went along the way). 

SWIG 00000 Pitstop refill

A quick sweep and browse around the food tent ensured we didn't have to stop off at a rammed restaurant. And finally a wee sit down on the straw bales (do not ever call these hay bales when there's a horsey woman around you will get corrected) to watch the line dancing saw the end to an awesome evening. 

SWIG Heritage Capped Hip Flask

If you're ever in Belfast do stop by to see the sights, apparently there's a whole lotta culture here to be soaked up.

David (#00000)

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You decided: the Top 3 most popular SWIG Pouches

G'day... I've been up since 6am debating which pouch I should snuggle my Limited Edition Capped Flask into today (what it's getting cold outside- I do live in Belfast remember).

Now that you've stopped the judging and I have my EDI in check (Every Day Items... I learn something new every day from my USA customers). I thought why not learn some more and check in to see what the most popular pouches are - go on give it a guess before taking a look below :D

To add drama I've decided to go in reverse order...

In 3rd PositionThe Scottish Heritage

Can't say fairer than that, our awesome heritage pouch maker is based out in the sticks of the Scottish hills. Every one is hand crafted, using British leather which means each pouch is unique. Can't go wrong with having some Scottish whisky to pair it with eh :D

Scottish Heritage

In 2nd PositionThe Harris Tweed Brown

The traditional Harris Tweed is sourced from our supplier in the Isle of Skye, known for keeping the hands warm (and the insides even warmer) the Harris Tweed Brown is a great choice for taking a hike in the hills.

Harris Tweed Brown

And the greatly anticipated 1st Position is:

The Harris Tweed Black

Wahey, sourced from the same supplier as the Harris Tweed Brown, the Harris Tweed Black is more versatile (I don't feel like I need to get the wellies on and buy a land rover... although I am sure there will be a point in my life where this is essential) and can be brought to any occasion without drawing too much attention.

Harris Tweed Black

I know you've been dying to find out which I decided on today... well who can argue with you lot. The Harris Tweed black it is.

David (#00000)

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My evening at the Echlinville Distillery

A couple of weeks ago Nicole and I picked up our favourite SWIG flasks and visited Northern Irelands first licenced distillery in over 125 years - distilling its first spirit in 2013.

SWIG goes to Echlinville

Echlinville Distillery is based down the Ards Peninsula in a wee village called Rubane, and were celebrating the launch of their new ShortCross Gin.

Distillery Tour

We were among some of the first to be shown where the spirits are produced, and heard the story of how Echlinville distillery was born from Managing Director, Shane Braniff. Absolute legend. It looks like he's renovating a local hotel so people can visit and stay. Looks awesome.

I was really pleased to be beside a fella' called Gerry White. He is one of Shane's business partner and the brains behind the 'Jawbox' Gin brand. I actually love their branding (and appreciate the design work of the guys at Drinksology in Belfast too). They plied us with the stuff on the night and I've since bought bottles. Shame I can't buy them from Amazon though! 

Our table at Distillery Tour

I have to say, the supper was awesome. Anytime I'm fed duck, I'm a happy man. Everything was infused with one of the gins produced there. Nicole was driving so I of course ended up doubling down on everything. I really wish I had of stored them in my SWIG instead. It all went down waay to quickly on the night!

If you get the chance to visit, definitely call by and take a look. Don't worry if you aren't a gin lover, their "Feckin" whisky is also a great shout.

David (#00000)

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There's purple in my pocket!!!

In the Christmas of 2013 (When I was generally offline and down to my last pennies) I met a gentleman at the 'Spirit of Christmas' Fair at Kensington.  He wanted purple. 

He was after a SWIG, but it had to be purple. No problem! I had a couple of shades in stock (my old summer range was REALLY varied with whatever was available from my leatherworker that week). I set about packaging up one of my light purples in a SWIG numbered well below 500!

He urgently advised me to not do something as ridiculous... as he would only accept a very specific shade. An almost violet purple. One we only had left in our lovely glass cabinet.

I shoo'ed him off. Hinting that I may help him if he comes back in 4 days at the end of the exhibition when I wouldn't need my beautiful display anymore.

I think I saw a tear form, but he maintained his dignity and wished me farewell.

4 days later, guess who returns? He proudly showed me his phone to backup his eagerness... It was one image of him in a full set of Purple Shooting Gear! The exact same shade of purple. Everything- the hat, coat, gloves and shoes... It looked so damn good. and he was so damn proud!

So in honour of this gentleman, I have commissioned the exact same shade for a trial run of 35. Get 'em while they are hot and enjoy. (PS it is 33 now as me and Nicole refuse to share).

SWIG Flasks Exec Purple

Let me know what you think!



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Last day of SWIG Hip Flasks USA launch

Hey guys, you might have heard that I got in touch with some of my USA customers about the launching of SWIG in USA.

Well it's now the last day of the launch and I am oh-so very close to hitting my milestone. I can tell you now, I'll not be so keen to set such an ambitious one again!

I'm sure you're curious about some of the stats, so you can take a nosey at some of the ones below:

-72% of our USA orders went to East Coast. Those New Yorkers certainly know how to SWIG. (NB: West Coast swiggers... it is not too late to represent!)
-We got nearly 25 of our pre-orders for the capped flasks from USA alone. 
-60% of our customers wanted to order a SWIG hip flask for themselves because they'd already gifted one before.
-For my initial milestone (25% of our SWIG's going to USA by 1st September), I'm currently only 7 SWIG hip flasks away from success!

If you are on the fence, or are thinking about flasks for the future- just give me a shout at

It was truly overwhelming to receive the feedback responses and ideas. My meeting with the Propel programme is on Monday next week to show off the results and convince them that SWIG has got potential in USA. I'll let you know how it goes!


PS- If you know of anyone with a wedding coming up or know where a SWIG might be a good gift. Please do refer our flasks on. I'll owe you a wee whisky for sure.
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