The SMWS is getting into the spirit for Chinese New Year with gifts galore at 28 Queen Street

We all know that whisky is a key part of Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations, raising a glass to welcome in the new year. Now The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is getting set to welcome in the new year according to the lunar calendar, with the Chinese Year of the Pig.

In China, each year is attributed to an animal from the 12 year cycles of the Chinese Zodiac. On Monday, 4 February, one in six people across the world will count down to midnight to see in the Year of the Pig, which begins on Tuesday, 5 February.

To mark the occasion, the SMWS Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street will be taking on a Chinese look for the run-up and through to the first day of the Chinese New Year, from Saturday, 26 January through to Tuesday, 5 February.

That’s not all – for that period, anyone who shows a copy of the Society’s Chinese New Year promotion in The List magazine will receive a traditional Chinese red envelope containing a special Society gift.

Red envelopes are traditionally exchanged in China between family and friends as an expression of good luck and affection. At 28 Queen Street, lucky drinkers could receive anything from a free Society membership, a bottle of SMWS single cask, single malt whisky or one of our Single Cask Spirit bottlings, tasting glasses, free drams, Dining Room voucher, pen, mug, notebook or lapel badge.

But no one will leave empty-handed – every participant will receive a gift of some description.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! 新年快Happy New Year of the Pig!


*promotion runs from Saturday, 26 January through to Tuesday, 5 February at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street. Participants much show a copy of the Society’s Chinese New Year promotion in The List magazine, and gifts are limited to one per participant