The Scotch Whisky Research Institute

The Scotch Whisky Research Institute provides a centre of scientific excellence dedicated to the needs of the distilled beverage industry. Its aim is to assist its member companies in improving their products and processes and to maintain the position of Scotch Whisky and other spirits in world markets. Sited on the Research Park of Heriot-Watt University, the Institute houses facilities for work on all areas of spirit manufacture.

The Institute’s aims can be summarised as follows:

maintaining and improving product quality

safeguarding product integrity

adding value by enhancing the use of raw materials and improving manufacturing processes

providing the understanding to facilitate beneficial changes in manufacturing processes

The Institute works closely with Universities, other research facilities and Scotch Whisky companies. It is able to carry out joint pre-competitive research on behalf of all its members as well as specific projects for single companies. Its wholly owned sudsidairy, SWRI Services Limited is UKAS-accredited to ensure the highest quality in all services