The Scotch Whisky Research Institute was established in 1974 as Pentlands Scotch Whisky Research by a consortium of seven independent distillers who set out to create an organisation in which distillers would work collectively to solve common problems and challenges. Its purpose was to give the Scotch Whisky industry a centre of scientific excellence dedicated to its needs and able to provide technical expertise in all non-engineering aspects of Scotch Whisky production. By 1995 some of the bigger distillers, including United Distillers (now Diageo) and Chivas, had joined to form The Scotch Whisky Research Institute. Today, our membership covers the majority of the Scotch Whisky industry.
SWRI was originally located in buildings that were part of the North British grain distillery in Edinburgh. In 1997 we moved into the Robertson Trust Building, purpose built facilities situated in the Heriot Watt Research Park on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
For the past 40 years our scientists have been supporting our members and carrying out research which has delivered significant innovation, change and benefits to the industry.
The Research & Technology Organisation of the Scotch Whisky Industry
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