THE Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that three bottles of the limited edition blended Scotch Whisky, created especially for the COP26 conference, is soon to go under the hammer.

The auction will be what whisky bosses are describing as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to own a piece of Scotch Whisky history.

The SWA has partnered with Whisky Auctioneer to auction three bottles of the blend in aid of three Scottish charities which focus on caring for the environment – the RSPB, Scottish Wildlife Trust and John Muir Trust.

The funds raised by the auction will be divided evenly between the charities at the end of the year.

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Blended and bottled in the host city, it is a limited run of just 900 bottles, comprised of whiskies from 26 distilleries throughout Scotland’s five whisky regions.

Its packaging is at the cutting edge of sustainable innovation, with a bottle made of 97% glass, and the stopper from recycled wood and cork dust.

The label was created from by-products of the whisky production process, including barley, and the carton is made of 100% recycled cardboard.

The auction, running from November 26 to December 6 via the Whisky Auctioneer website, comes after the SWA revealed new data showing the industry’s latest progress towards key sustainability targets.

Since launching its first Environmental Strategy in 2009, it has seen a 53% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, an increase in the use of non-fossil fuels from 3% to 39%, and a 13% improvement in energy efficiency.

Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “COP26 in Glasgow has been a great opportunity for the Scotch Whisky industry to engage with governments and other partners.

“Our limited edition blended COP26 whisky serves as an illustration of how distillers have come together to fulfil our responsibility to ensure that Scotch Whisky has a future as rich as its past.”