The Highland Distiller has launched an initiative whereby fans can ‘pay’ for a dram by donating their time to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

  • Staying true to Glengoyne’s green credentials, participants will pledge a volunteering day with the environmental charity to support vital carbon-capturing wetlands across the UK
  • Volunteers will receive a bottle of the new 15 Year Old and an invitation to the distillery for an in-depth tour as thanks for their efforts

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt is giving whisky fans the opportunity to get their hands on a bottle free of charge. True to the distillery’s reputation as Scotland’s slowest distilled whisky, the dram can be redeemed by donating time – rather than paying with money.

Consumers are asked to pledge one volunteering day with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) – Glengoyne’s long-standing charity partner – and those selected will carry out crucial wetland-sustaining activity at one of WWT’s UK sites.

As thanks for their carbon-capturing efforts, participants will receive a bottle of the Highland distiller’s new 15 Year Old Single Malt and a personal invite to visit Glengoyne for an in-depth tour.

The volunteering activity will help to maintain crucial wetlands sites across the UK, including coppicing trees, clearing vegetation, and removing invasive plant species to create a mosaic of biodiverse wetland habitats.

To pledge time to support the environment in exchange for a dram, whisky fans can sign up via the Glengoyne website:

Wetlands clean water, reduce the risk of flooding, and boost biodiversity. Over 40% of the world’s species rely on wetlands for survival and coastal wetlands like saltmarsh are proven to sequester more carbon more quickly than native woodland. WWT aims to restore and create 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands across the UK as part of their plans for a ‘Blue Recovery’ for nature.

Glengoyne was the first Scottish distillery to adopt a wetlands facility for 100% of its liquid waste back in 2011. This helped the distillery reduce waste by 25% and provides a home to 14,500 plants and abundant wildlife, fostering biodiversity and encouraging wildlife in the local area.

Katy Muggeridge, Brand Director at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “The environment is at the heart of everything we do, and our eleven-year partnership with WWT is testament to this. In launching the 15 Year Old, we wanted to give back to the beautiful ecosystem that allows us to produce our Single Malt. So, by donating just one day of your time to WWT, whisky fans will be able to help protect carbon-capturing wetlands, aid the conservation of migratory Geese, and take home a bottle of this excellent new dram!

Georgie Cox, Corporate Partnerships Manager at the WWT, said: “Glengoyne constantly show such vocal support for the importance of wetlands, and, thanks to this support, we’ve been able to show how much these green spaces can do for people and the planet in our fight against climate change. We’re proud to call them our partners and are excited to turn whisky enthusiasts into wetland enthusiasts as well!

The new Glengoyne 15 Year Old celebrates the contrast and harmony created by the interplay of its sherry and bourbon casks, delivering sweet dark orchard fruits from the former and oaky spice and vanilla from the latter.

The result is a complex dram that’s recognisably Glengoyne – but seen from a different perspective. The whisky has a natural light amber hue and a rich bouquet of flavours; on the nose you can expect malt flour, fresh hay, dried fruits, citrus and Rosehip.

The palate is clean, with a gentle sweetness and a hint of tropical fruit. Cinnamon, vanilla, and apple combine to evoke memories of a freshly baked apple pie. A pleasant dry finish is complemented by gentle spice and lingering oak.

Bottled at 43% ABV, the Glengoyne 15 Year Old is also available to buy direct from for £90, as well as leading specialist retailers. 

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