Glengoyne Scotch Whisky gets a modern, sustainable makeover

by James Wilkinson

Glengoyne, the slowest whisky distiller in Scotland which dates back to 1833, has had a stylish and modern makeover that’s also seen the introduction of 100 per cent recyclable packaging.

Glengoyne’s business development director, Martin Howey, said all of the new packaging materials have been sourced locally, close to the distillery to reduce carbon footprint – with the exception of only corks and capsules which currently come from Europe.

He said the 10, 12, Legacy Series and Cask Strength packaging is 100 per cent recyclable, while each beautifully carved wooden gift box containing Glengoyne 25 and 30 Year-Old Whiskies has been carefully made to facilitate second usage.

All plastic, metal and magnets have been removed and each box features personalisable plaques, peelable labels and removable inners to allow it to be re-used and re-purposed, he said.

“We are excited to unveil our new sustainable packaging as part of our long-standing commitment to the preservation of the environment,” he said.

“We were the first Scottish distillery to adopt a wetlands facility for our liquid waste (home to 14,500 plants and abundant wildlife including two beehives) and we have been powered by renewable wind energy since 2019, earning us the reputation of Scotland’s greenest distillery.”

Glengoyne has won many awards since introducing the new packaging and has been recognised as an industry leader for their achievements in sustainability.

“This is a project two years in the making and we are very proud to be the first Whisky producer to introduce a 100 per cent recyclable and reusable packaging solution as part of our long-standing commitment to sustainability and the future,” he said.

Glengoyne’s unwavering commitment to the environment underpins their philosophy of taking the time to achieve the perfect malt using the same tried and tested methods today as it always has.

“As a family-owned business, we have the luxury of time on our side to enable us to be true to our craft, ensuring that each drop of Glengoyne is naturally distilled and delivers exceptional, artisanal taste down to the last drop,” Howey said.

He said Glengoyne’s custom-made oak casks are the longest to prepare in the industry, each prepared for six years before the whisky is transferred to them, giving Glengoyne its renowned fruity, complex flavour.

Glengoyne Whisky is unpeated and uses air-dried barley instead, producing delicious sweet and fruity notes, delivering an elegant and subtle flavour and a long smooth finish, he said.

“In this busy day and age, when time is rushing by, it’s worth savouring the little pleasures in life. What can be more enjoyable than relaxing with a delicious dram of Glengoyne to carve out some precious time for yourself,” Howey said.

Glengoyne is available widely across Australia through Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.