Welcome! As a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society you now belong to a unique circle of friends around the world, kindred spirits united by a love of exploring the finest single cask whiskies. Here’s everything you need to know to get your whisky adventures underway

To help you make the most of your new SMWS membership, we’ve pulled together some useful information, about our unusual approach to whisky, the ways we keep in touch, and to how to order.

THE SINGLE CASK

We do whisky a little differently. We only bottle from single casks, so each cask is unique and by definition a limited edition. The whisky is also out-of-this-world fantastic, with a kaleidoscope of flavours for you to taste and explore. This does mean bottles can sell out fast and can never be repeated, so be sure to order quickly to avoid disappointment. Look out for some of our other intriguing bottlings along the way, as we’re a curious bunch and you never know what else might be coming your way.

FLAVOUR PROFILES

We believe the best way to enjoy whisky is to focus on its flavour and not where it’s from. For that reason we’ve developed 12 unique flavour profiles to help you find your taste preference, represented by the coloured strip and cap on the bottles. You can find more information about each category at www.smws.com/flavours and in our Outturns.

MONTHLY OUTTURNS & UNFILTERED 

Every First Friday of the month we release our Outturn bottling list with details of our new whiskies. Typically, we release around 15-20 new single casks every month. As well as our monthly Outturns, as a member you will receive our Unfiltered magazine every three months, with a wide range of compelling feature stories, whisky knowledge, distillery tours and industry profiles, as well as an update on everything that’s happening within the Society – all accompanied by the best photography and award-winning design.

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YOUR MEMBERSHIP, YOUR PREFERENCE

By signing into ‘My Account’ you can modify your preferences at any time. By visiting the ‘Newsletters’ section, you can make sure you’re signed up to our weekly email alerts and be the first to find out about new and exclusive bottle releases, offers, news and competitions.

TASTINGS & EVENTS

The Society hosts an adventurous programme of tastings and events, where you can get together with fellow members and enjoy a dram (or more). Members can buy discounted tickets for themselves and all their guests. For a full listing of events, visit www.smws.com/events.

YOUR PRIVATE TASTING WITH US

Whatever the occasion, the Society has the perfect space to make it memorable, from informal tastings with friends to grand birthday or anniversary dinners. Ask us for more details, we’ll be happy to help.

MEMBERS’ ROOMS & PARTNER BARS

If you’re in town, come and see us at one of our exclusive Members’ Rooms or partner bars. The Society has Members’ Rooms at our spiritual home of The Vaults in Leith, as well as 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh and both 19 Greville Street and our Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar in London. You can sign in up to three guests at each location. We also have partner bars in the UK and around the world that have exclusive selections of our single cask whisky. You’ll find a list of these on our website.

Don’t forget, you can enjoy a 10 per cent saving on all drinks and bar food at our Kaleidoscope Whisky Bars at both 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh and at Devonshire Square in London, as well as special savings at all our partner bars.

HOW TO ORDER

You can order online at any time at www.smws.com, or by calling + 44 (0) 131 555 2929 from Monday-Friday, 9am-4.45pm (UK time). If you need any help choosing your whisky, or have any questions we can help with to get your Society journey smoothly underway, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at the same number, or you can email us any time at memberservices@smws.com.

We look forward to seeing you soon!