McQueen Gin

Producers of award-winning Premium Scottish Craft Gin, McQueen Gin is distinguished by unique flavours, exceptional quality and distinctive packaging.

The original blue packaging of McQueen Gin has since been internationally recognised, with the craft gin distillers winning many coveted awards for their hand-crafted, bespoke ceramic bottles, produced by Wade. In particular their Sweet Citrus Gin, one of 6 recipe variants in the range, has seen immense success, winning Best Brand Design and Silver in the Taste Category at the World Gin Awards 2018.

Wade has also designed and produced limited edition packaging for McQueen Gin. 2017’s limited edition bottles were the Summer Elderflower Gin with a unique swirl-effect white and yellow wax top and Christmas’ flavoursome White Chocolate and Raspberry Gin that was sealed in a rare, berry-red ceramic bottle.

For Valentine’s Day 2018, McQueen Gin handcrafted two special recipe gins. To complement the gins, we stripped the blue from the recognisable McQueen Gin vessel and replaced it with an alluring white bottle and a choice of baby blue branding for their Double Juniper and Peppercorn Gin, and a pretty pink print for their Vanilla Rose Gin.

Not only do McQueen Gin have a traditional range of bottles to be representative of their individual brand, but together we have also crafted limited edition packaging that is still truly unique yet recognisable to the McQueen Gin brand. Now that, is the true craft of standing out.

Royal Salute Whisky

A family of blended whiskies targeted at export markets around the world, Royal Salute was originally launched in 1953 to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

With the use of ceramic to produce luxury, commemorative decanters well-established, we’ve enjoyed a working relationship with the whisky makers Chivas Brothers since 1982, producing our take on luxury ceramic decanters for the Royal Salute brand.

Initially with 23 products and variants in the range, in 2003 we designed and produced a limited edition, 50-year-old whisky to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, of which only 225 were made.

This commemorative decanter had a solid silver gilt badge, sourced by Wade. Bringing the ceramic and metal together was no mean feat, with the skill and dedication of the team being tested to the limits. They managed to overcome the technical challenges and successfully complete the task to the highest of standards. Standards befitting of a Queen.

The Famous Grouse

Having produced various decanters for The Famous Grouse since 1993, Wade was commissioned in 2011 to create something special to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the brand.

We worked closely with the design agency, Lewis Moberly, over a 6 month period to ensure that the brand integrity was maintained from concept, to development and into production. This was achieved with Wade sourcing and managing all production aspects of the decanter, print and artwork supply.

The Famous Grouse porcelain decanter was gilded in 24 Carat Gold. It depicts the red grouse in its natural habitat; a representation of the ‘Summer in the Highlands’ painting by the Scottish artist Stanley Todd.

The product was cast and hand decorated by Wade with 30,000 being produced. It was designed to promote the brand in overseas markets being re-usable to further encourage sales.

D.R. Harris

D.R. Harris was established in 1790, and their gentleman’s grooming products and wide range of unisex haircare products, skincare lines and soaps have been enjoyed by families and distinguished individuals ever since.

Recognised with three Royal Warrants as Chemists – to Her Majesty the Queen Mother in 1938, to HRH the Prince of Wales in 2002, and to Her Majesty the Queen for Pharmacist and Pharmacy Supplies in 2012 – there can be little doubt that D.R. Harris is a manufacturer of the utmost distinction.

Which is why we were delighted to work with them on one of their new products. Part of the bestselling collection, their Arlington cologne – with light citrus notes mixed with hints of fern, to give a lively but subtle scent – required a bottle which captured their brand essence and provided excellent standout when displayed.

We focused on creating a 100ml ceramic bottle using an intricate print to decorate the product. It’s a great example of the type of projects Wade can deliver. Our print suppliers can work with almost any artwork to produce a stunning final piece – practical, beautiful and making a statement which completely sets it apart.

Johnnie Walker

For the launch of Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai – a four story house used to market Scottish whisky to Chinese consumers and tell the story of the brand’s history through interactive installation made from materials used in the whisky-making process – Wade worked with Diageo and creative agency LOVE in designing the Johnnie Walker 1910 Commemorative Edition bottle.

As a series of commemorative edition bottles, this told the story, in print, of the Johnnie Walker whisky brand and its passage from Scotland to China running around and across seven bottles.

Referencing the Chinese decorative style of blue and white porcelain, the Johnnie Walker Blue brand was a “for sale by invitation only” blend, with only 1,000 bottles being created for the House.

The design won a coveted D&AD yellow pencil award in 2012. Originally intended solely for the Shanghai experience, the project was so successful that it has been developed further and taken to Mumbai, Seoul, Taiwan as well as Schipol Airport.

More from the WADE portfolio..

With craftsmanship at the very heart of our company, we’ve developed a process which ensures quality at every stage of manufacturing. From product innovation, to state-of-the-art technology, at Wade this is how we combine the best of British workmanship with contemporary and premium style.

Some of the brands we work with
Nelsons Gin logo
Thorntons logo
Tetley logo
Tullamore Drew logo
Natwest logo
Harrods logo
Glenfiddich logo
Famous Grouse logo
Coronation Street logo
Colmans logo
Cadbury logo
Bells logo
Porto Ramana logo
Lakeland logo
Dr Harris logo
Belazu logo
Red Rose Tea logo
Fortnum & Mason logo
Marks & Spencer logo
Burberry logo
Agent Provocateur logo
Kraken logo
Forest Gin logo
Royal Salute logo
Johnnie Walker logo