Puzzling over what to buy that special somebody as this year’s Christmas present? Membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society really is the gift that keeps on giving

What makes membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society a great gift this Christmas? First and foremost – only members get access to the world’s best whisky. The SMWS offers an ever-changing variety of flavours from around 500 casks each year. That means there’s something new and intriguing to choose from in the Outturn we release on the First Friday of every month.

Every cask is also unique, with only a limited number coming from the single cask that we bottle it from. We also bottle it at cask strength, without chill-filtration or colouring – so that it’s whisky as it’s meant to be.

For most members, whisky is our focus – but it’s important to note for new recruits that we also bottle exclusive single cask rums, cognacs, bourbons, armagnacs and gins, in our Single Cask Spirits collection.

Even more than access to bottles, though – membership gives access to a unique club. The Society was founded here at The Vaults in Leith almost 35 years ago, to bring kindred spirits together. That ethos is still at the heart of everything we do. We now have four Members’ Rooms in the UK: at The Vaults in Leith and at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh, and at 19 Greville Street and the Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at Devonshire Square in London.

We also have almost 100 partner bars across the UK and around the world where members get a discount on Society bottlings.

Whisky is for sharing – as well as being able to buy bottles, members can join an extensive programme of tasting events throughout the year.

What else? Only members get access The Society’s must-read magazine, Unfiltered, with some of the best whisky writing, photography and insights you can find. There’s nothing better than settling down with a dram and taking your time pouring over the pages of a new issue.

Membership starts from £65, with various options up to our most popular Pioneer Welcome Pack at £130 – you can find all the details at smws.com

We are an enlightened whisky movement, making membership the perfect gift for enlightened people.

This year, give that special someone the gift that really does keep on giving.