The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) celebrated its Centenary in
2012. It was founded as The Wine and Spirit Brand Association on 3
October 1912 to protect the interests of the industry. It became
the Whisky Association in 1917 and then in 1942, the SWA, as it is
Throughout this landmark year the SWA had a number of
celebrations to ensure its 100 years of promoting and protecting
Scotch was suitably marked.
From the end of November 2012 the SWA held a major exhibition at
The Scottish Parliament. The exhibition entitled Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass
ran in The Scottish Parliament's Main Hall for two months and moved
to Glasgow's Mitchell Library during summer 2013. More details and
images from the exhibition can be found below.
The Association also relaunched its website including sections
dedicated to its history and Centenary.
was produced charting landmark events of the last 100 years, and a
more in-depth piece on the
economic contribution of the Scotch Whisky industry was
also published late in 2012.
Scotland's Makar, Liz Lochhead, penned a poem especially for the
SWA to mark the milestone. The poem is available to here.