Friday, October 22, 2021


The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has unveiled a limited-edition blended Scotch whisky, produced by the industry to mark the COP26 conference in November.

COP26 Limited Edition (40% ABV) which is comprised of whiskies produced at 26 distilleries across Scotland’s five Whisky regions, is said to represent the Scotch whisky industry’s commitment to sustainability from grain to glass.

COP26 Limited Edition

The limited run of 900 bottles, which will be presented to negotiators gathering for COP26 in Glasgow in November, are made from 97% recycled glass, with a fully recyclable stopper created from natural cork, recycled wood and recycled cork particles. The label paper contains 55% post-consumer recycled fibres, including leftover barley from the production process, and the carton is made from 100% recycled fibres.

Commenting on the news, Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “The Scotch whisky industry is renowned for its collaboration, and it’s been great to see distillers come together to create this unique whisky for COP26. The creation of our COP26 limited edition Scotch Whisky only goes to illustrate how well our sector is working together to tackle the climate crisis and to reduce our environmental impact.  Companies are deeply committed to this endeavour – which is critical to the industry’s future – and to sharing expertise and innovation as they do so.“

Karen, went onto say: “Based as we are across rural areas and in some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, we know we have a real responsibility to the future of the communities within which we work, and to the landscapes from which we draw the wholly natural ingredients that Scotch Whisky is made from. That is why we are investing so much in environmental sustainability, and why we are determined to reach the point where the Scotch Whisky industry and our supply chain have a net positive impact on the environment around us.”

While the COP26 Limited Edition Scotch whisky is not available for sale, a bottle will be on public display at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, until the end of the year.

Posted by Steve Rush