Our Centenary

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 known today.

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.

A brochure 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.