Glengoyne 200-year-old Scotch whisky leads the way in sustainability


Unhurried since 1833, the Glengoyne Scotch Whisky takes time, in fact, it’s the slowest whisky distiller in Scotland. This delicious Whisky range has just had a modern makeover with 100% recyclable packaging and is now available widely across Australia through Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores.

“We are excited to unveil our new sustainable packaging as part of our long-standing commitment to the preservation of the environment,” Glengoyne business development director Martin Howey says.

“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.”

All of the new packaging materials have been sourced locally, close to the distillery to reduce carbon footprint (apart from corks and capsules which currently come from Europe). The 10, 12, Legacy Series and Cask Strength packaging are 100% recyclable.

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.

Glengoyne has won many awards since introducing the new packaging and has been recognised as an industry leader for its 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% recyclable and reusable packaging solution as part of our long-standing commitment to sustainability and the future,” Martin adds.

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,” Martin says.

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.

Martin says that in this busy age, 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.”

Glengoyne range is extensive and includes 10, 12, 21, 25 and 30-year-olds, plus the highly awarded special releases including Cask Strength and Legacy Series.


  • Best Green Packaging Design: Spirits 2020 – Winner
  • The Spirits Business Distillery Masters 2019 – Masters
  • The Amorium Sustainability Award: Spirits 2019 – Commendation
  • The Amorium Sustainability Award: Spirits 2017 – Winner
  • Green Company of the Year 2016 – Commendation
  • The Amorium Sustainability Award: Spirits 2016 – Commendation

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021 (SFWSC):

  • Double Gold
    Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter 2
  • Gold
    Glengoyne 12 Year Old
    Glengoyne 21 Year Old

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2021:

  • Gold
    Glengoyne Legacy Series Chapter Two – 95 Points

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