Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) Codes 2022
|4||Highland Park||Scotland||Island Whisky||Active|
|6||Glen Deveron||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|9||Glen Grant||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|19||Glen Garioch||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|31||Isle of Jura||Scotland||Island Whisky||Active|
|35||Glen Moray||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|42||Tobermory (Ledaig)||Scotland||Island Whisky||Active|
|43||Port Ellen||Scotland||Islay Whisky||Active|
|45||Dallas Dhu||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|49||St. Magdalene||Scotland||Lowland Whisky||Closed|
|52||Old Pulteney||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|53||Caol Ila||Scotland||Islay Whisky||Active|
|55||Royal Brackla||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|57||Glen Mhor||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Closed|
|68||Blair Athol||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|69||Glen Albyn||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Closed|
|74||North Port||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Closed|
|75||Glenury Royal||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Closed|
|77||Glen Ord||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|78||Ben Nevis||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|80||Glen Spey||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|81||Glen Keith||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Closed|
|85||Glen Elgin||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|93||Glen Scotia||Scotland||Campbeltown Whisky||Active|
|94||Old Fettercairn||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|95||Auchroisk (Singleton)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|98||Inverleven (Lomond)||Scotland||Lowland Whisky||Closed|
|103||Royal Lochnagar||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|104||Glenburgie (Glencraig)||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|109||Miltonduff (Mosstowie)||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|112||Loch Lomond (Inchmurrin)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|113||Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet)||Scotland||Speyside Whisky||Active|
|114||Springbank (Longrow)||Scotland||Campbeltown Whisky||Active|
|115||Knockdhu (An Cnoc)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|121||Isle of Arran||Scotland||Island Whisky||Active|
|122||Loch Lomond (Croftengea)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|126||Springbank (Hazelburn)||Scotland||Campbeltown Whisky||Active|
|127||Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte)||Scotland||Islay Whisky||Active|
|135||Loch Lomond (Inchmoan)||Scotland||Highland||Active|
|137||St. George's (The English Whisky Co.)||England||Active|
|142||Breuckelen Distilling||America||New York||Active|
|143||Copperworks Distilling Co.||America||Washington||Active|
|144||High Coast Distillery (formerly Box Whisky)||Sweden||Active|
|150||West Cork Distillers||Ireland||Active|
|G1||North British||Scotland||Lowland Whisky||Active|
|G6||Port Dundas||Scotland||Lowland Whisky||Active|
|G9||Loch Lomond (Grain)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|G11||Nikka (Coffey Grain)||Japan||Active|
|G12||Nikka (Coffey Malt)||Japan||Active|
|G15||Loch Lomond (Rhosdhu)||Scotland||Highland Whisky||Active|
|B6||Finger Lakes Distilling||America||Active|
|RW2||Finger Lakes Distilling||America||New York||Active|
|RW3||New York Distilling Co.||America||New York||Active|
What is the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society (SMWS)?
The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society (SMWS) is the largest whisky club and independant bottler in the world, founded in Edinburgh in 1983. Its history goes back further to the 1970s, when the whisky lover Pip Hills and a group of friends began to purchase individual casks directly from the distilleries to divide them among themselves. Although single malts were a growing category at the time, single cask whiskies were a largely unknown entity. As single cask whisky spread through the Edinburgh art scene more and more people wanted to try the bottlings. The SMWS was officially founded in 1983 and now has over 26,000 members in the UK and around the world. In recent years the SWMS has been releasing other spirits such as rum, cognac etc. you can find details of these on our other SMWS spirits page
Understand the label
Because the SMWS sources a large number of whiskies, often from distilleries that do not want to be explicitly named bottles are labelled under a unique system. The most complex part of which is the numbering system which the above table details.
- The number - Each bottle is marked with 2 numbers seperated by a decimal point. The first number indicates the distillery from which the whiskey was sourced, the second number indicates the number of single casks that the Society has already bottled from this distillery
- The name - A highlight of every label, The character and aromas of the whiskey are accurately described in just 3 to 5 words
- The Tasting Note - Each bottle is adorned with an individual, often entertaining tasting note
- Age - The age of the whiskeys at the time of bottling. Unlike a vatting this represents not the youngest whisky, but is an accurate age of all of the liquid within the cask
- The cask type - Information about the previous cask content and the number of uses of this keg is also published
The label will also detail the number of bottles filled from the cask (as these been have bottled from an individually maturing cask the’re is an absolute limit of around 1,000 bottles, in reality this is typically far lower at 200-350), the rough flavor profile and the filling date.
Cask strength whiskies without colouring or chill-filtration
Those who enjoy a Scottish single malt often do not even realize that they actually have a blend (or vatting) in their glass. Single malts are often mixed from hundreds of barrels in a distillery with the goal of creating a uniform character and taste in their whisky. You can imagine it like a choir in which high and low voices all sing a song together. If you were to pick a soloist from this choir, you would have a single cask: a single barrel in the warehouse, exposed to the influences of the climate. Its whisky which reacts with the barrel walls and gains new aromas, breaks down other notes.
Bottled at cask strength
While most single malts are diluted with water before bottling to reduce alcohol strength to 40%-46%, the SMWS does not do this. Every whiskey is bottled at cask strength - depending on the maturation time in the cask, this can be, for example, 54.7% or 63.9% alcohol by volume (ABV). This high strength makes the SMWS whiskeys particularly interesting for more advanced connoisseurs: because flavour molecules are soluable in different alcohol levels these complex and varied notes can be carefully explored by adding water.
Bottled without chill filtration
A large number of single malts, wirtually any bottled at the minimum 40% ABV, is chilled a low temperature (around 0C, sometimes even lower) and then passed through a filter to pick up tiny particles. This process, known as chill filtration removes ethyl esters of long-chain fatty acids, and larger alkyl esters formed during the making of the whisky to prevent hazing of the whisky. Unfortunately these esters are flavour carriers, happily the SMWS aso bottles their single malts without chill filtration preserving these flavour carrying esthers. Lastly the SMWS fills all bottles without adulkteration from E150 spirit caramel.
A vast range of whiskies
Hardly any other independent bottler has such a large variety as the SMWS, the club stores over 10,000 barrels of whiskey in its own warehouse. Single casks from over 130 distilleries mature there and are gradually bottled by the Society. SMWS bottlings offer the opportunity to try whiskeys from somewhat less known distilleries, and even on occasion long lost distilleries. Around 20 single casks whiskies are released for bottling monthly by the SMWS.
When was the SMWS founded?
The SMWS was founded in 1983 with the goal of introducing whisky drinkers into the best and most interesting world of single malt whisky. In 2014 the Society was still owned by Glenmorangie, before ownership changed to private investors in 2015. Since then there have been many innovations and upheavals and the Society is “reinventing” itself. Even the contracts with the sales partners in Germany have been terminated and the focus is now on self-distribution. So it’s time to take a closer look at the “new” SMWS!
History of the SMWS
The club’s history began in the late 1970s when a whiskey lover named Pip Hills drove to Speyside in his Lagonda north of Edinburgh to buy a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey straight from a distillery. Pip shared this barrel with his friends and the enthusiasm was great. So they got together and decided to buy another barrel. Others followed, and a group of friends founded the SMWS Club in 1983 to purchase additional casks and share the whiskey with like-minded people. In 2004, the Society was acquired by Glenmorangie before being given to private investors in 2015.
An international whisky society
From Australia to Austria, the SMWS is currently represented in 19 countries around the world and supplies over 26,000 members via partner bars and their own branches with their famous green, eye-catching bottles and the single cask whiskey they contain. The club is based in Edinburgh, where the Society operates two so-called member rooms where members can meet, in Leith Vaults and on Edinburghs busstling Queen Street. There is another members room in London. The partner bars in which the SMWS whiskey is served are selected exclusively by the Society.
A unique approach to bottling
Each of the single cask whiskeys must first satisfy the trained noses and demands of selected experts. Only when all the experts are of the opinion that the whiskey meets the quality criteria and the optimal degree of ripeness has been reached, the whiskey is bottled. The experts did not have any information about age, barrel type, etc. during the tasting. This is to ensure that sensation alone decides! Finally, the tasting notes are published on the label on the bottles. These are usually highly entertaining and creative tasting notes. Philosophers must be at work here.