As we move towards Christmas, what better excuse do you need to spend time with kindred spirits than by visiting one of our festively decorated Members’ Rooms for drinks, food or one of the Society’s special tasting events

The fires are blazing, the trees are up…and the pre-Christmas whiskies are being cracked open. At The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, we know that there’s no time like winter to properly appreciate a warming glass of single cask, single malt.

The SMWS has four Members’ Rooms across the UK, each with its own character and its own special events taking place in the run-up to Christmas. Mix in some like-minded whisky enthusiasts and you have the perfect ingredients for a great night out, or simply a warm and welcoming space to enjoy some food and fantastic whisky.

At any of our Members’ Rooms you can choose to pop in for a dram, whether it’s post-work or pre-party, or make a night of it with an evening of great food along with your selection of single cask, single malts. Of course, there’s also nothing like a whisky for a nightcap before you make your way home.

Each of our venues is also playing host to a range of specific events where you can join fellow members and guests in an exploration of the Society’s bottlings. At The Vaults, our spiritual home in Leith, take your pick from a celebration of smoky whiskies on Thursday 14 December, or a selection of sweet, rich and spicy drams on Friday 22 December.

At 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, members can meet up for vertical tastings from different distillery bottlings every Thursday throughout December. There’s also the chance to get out of the house on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December, for a post-Christmas tasting of one-of-a-kind whiskies.

If you’re in London, both 19 Greville Street and our Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at Devonshire Square are also counting down the days with their own 12 Drams of Christmas events. Each venue will host 12 nights of vertical tastings, with a selection of drams from different distilleries on each night.

If you are further afield than Edinburgh or London, you can also search for pre-Christmas events closer to where you are across the UK, by selecting your region at www.smws.com/events

And don’t forget the Society’s branches across Europe will also have a range of events in the run-up to Christmas, which you can search by country and by town.

Finally, the SMWS now has a network of almost 100 partner bars across the world where members can find Society bottlings, with a discount available if you present your SMWS members card. You can see the full list of partner bars online at www.smws.com/blog/news/smws-international-partner-bars.

Wherever you go to savour a festive whisky, we hope you have a great time and see you at one of our Members’ Rooms or partner bars soon – and for a sneak peak inside 28 Queen Street, take a look at the video below…