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Frequently Asked Questions


An Immersive Experience

The benefits of becoming a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society are extensive. If your not afraid of breaking the whisky norms and joining a community of like minded adventurers, the Society benefits are yours to reap! A full list of member benefits are available on the whisky club membership page

Easy To Manage

Unfortunately due to the timing processes with the banks we can’t take Direct Debit for your first payment. However if you would like to arrange Direct Debit to handle your renewals, members can download the direct debit form here. Once you have completed the form and dropped it in at your bank. You can contact the team on +44 131 555 2929 (Monday – Friday 09:00 to 16:45 UK Time) and let us know you would like to set up direct debit

Contact The Team

If you have lost your membership card then simply let the Membership Services Team know via email: memberservices@smws.com, Telephone: (+44) 0131 554 3451 (Mon - Friday 9am to 4.45pm) or via the live chat messaging that should appear in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Alternatively if you let a member of staff know at your favourite venue we can pass a message through to the right team and arrange for a new card to be send out.

A Global Society With Global Branches

If you live in in the UK or anywhere in the EU except for Denmark or Switzerland, you can make full use of SMWS membership and can sign up here in the UK or at smws.com. If you live in a country where we have an active and supported local branch, you should join locally. This includes USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Denmark, & Switzerland; please see our International Branches page for details. If you live anywhere else in the world, you can also sign up here in the UK or on smws.com but for now we may not be able to ship orders to you, so you would need to have an address in the UK or EU to receive orders.


Your Society membership is a global passport to branches around the world – with global benefits. You will not be able to log into the UK website as an overseas Member, but please call or email our office to organise any purchases/event bookings and we shall be more than happy to help. If you think you are here to stay, or for a prolonged time, we can organise for your membership to be transferred to the UK branch and provide you with a new UK Membership card and website log in.

You're in control

We'll keep in touch with by email if you agree to it when signing up to SMWS, but you can unsubscribe from emails any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in an email or signing in to smws.com and amending the newsletter settings in your profile.

You Society Editorial

Unfiltered content is always available online with a full back catalogue of issues always available. New editions are released monthly to keep you constantly entertained. You can view the unfiltered archive by logging into your account (once you have a membership) and the link should be available for you there.

Introduce a Friend, get rewards

Simply visit our referral system partner website and generate a sharing link. For every successful new member you introduce you will be rewarded with online voucher codes. Your friends will also benefit from initial discounts on the purchase of their membership packs.

Renewals made easy

You can continue to pay for your renewal as you have in the past either by Direct Debit, on line or responding to the renewal letter you will get sent by us. Simply head over to the renewals page for more info and special offers

Got a code? Enter it online

If you have received membership as a gift or purchased your membership at an event or festival simple click the link in the navigation (you should see this in the "Membership" section of the expandable navigation. Click this in the top right hand corner of the screen. Otherwise click here

Member first

No, unfortunately you will need to receive your activation code and activate your account before online transactions can be carried out. This is a process we intend to review in the future as part of our continuing efforts to improve our service for our members. At present it's in palce to help stop non-members from having access to your whiskies!

Company Membership options

We do offer company membership packages that are available to businesses. You can browse our offers here

We'd be sad to see you go

You can cancel your membership inline with statutory policy with the provision it hasn't been used. You may let your membership lapse when your renewal is due and sign-up as a free subscriber, please be aware that you will lose your membership benefits. If you pay your SMWS renewal by Direct Debit, please notify us and your bank that you'd like to cancel payment. Or email the tea via: memberservices@smws.com


Speak To The Team

You can contact the venues by emailing their relevant emails: Queenstreet@smws.com, Thevaults@smws.com, glasgow@smws.com or for both London venues London@smws.com. Other contact details area available here

Better when shared

You’ll be able to sign in up to three guests at our Members’ Rooms at The Vaults, 19 Greville Street, 38 Bath Street and at our two private member lounges at 28 Queen Street. The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar in Edinburgh is open to all, you may bring as many guests as you like.

Reap the rewards

The Vaults, Greville Street, 38 Bath Street and 28 Queen Street are members only venues so the pricing is set to member only prices. In Kaleidoscope Edinburgh on Queen Street non-members pay a 10% surcharge on all food and drinks. With your membership you can sign up to 3 guests in at any visit to a Members’ Room.

private event availability

Venues are available for individual bookings - for smaller private whisky tastings you can book for Edinburgh whisky tastings here, contact our London venues via email or simply browse through the venues and private venue hire brochures here.

Each Venue Varies

Each venue opening hours vary. These are all available on their individual pages which can be found by click from our venues page here.

Planning your trip

Each venue has slightly different facilities. There is some free parking available at the Vaults, with ample on street free parking. 38 Bath Street (Glasgow), 28 Queen Street and the Kaleidoscope bar in Edinburgh all have paid on street parking.

Guide dogs allowed

Unfortunately none of our venues are child friendly unless you have a private venue booking or have hired a room. With the exception of guide dogs, no animals are allowed into the members' rooms.

4 Members Rooms across the UK

We currently have 1 London venue and 2 Edinburgh venues. Our newest members room in Glasgow will be opening on the 6th March 2020. To find out more please view the Venue Pages for maps and addresses.

Partner Bars

A nationwide and international network

We have a growing partner bar programme - depending where you are in the world you can discover UK partner bars listed here and our international partner bars here.

A home away from home

SMWS Members get exclusive discounts in all our partner bars as well as access to Society whisky. Please ask the team on service when you arrive at a partner bar directly or contact the membership services team or venue if you need further help about a specific partner.

Yes, of course!

We are always looking to partner with great partner bars that share our vision of the whisky community and great single casks. Please contact the member services team if you have a potential bar we should be talking too - +44 131 555 2929 (Monday – Friday 09:00 to 16:45 UK Time)


Discover events happening near you

Events are listed in the tastings section of our website here. Please use the filters to help you navigate by location, event type or date to see what's suitable for you. If you ever need to find out more about an event contact the venue directly if it’s in one of our Members’ Rooms or if its elsewhere contact our membership services team via +44 131 555 2929 (Monday – Friday 09:00 to 16:45 UK Time) or on email via memberservices@smws.com.

No one event is the same.

We take pride in delivering the worlds' most colourful whisky events and hosting our wonderful community of whisky fans! Attendees are lavished with the best we have available and quite often across different themes and whisky combinations. Most events are informal and treated as a get together for whisky friends, however we do run more formal education building events and new member intro events. Keep an eye on your emails, the outturns and the events pages to discover great events happening near you.

It's all over email

We do not issue physical tickets. Just arrive at the venue with your email confirmation and we will have your name on an attendance list at the door.

Book with us

enues are available for individual bookings - for smaller private whisky tastings you can book for Edinburgh whisky tastings here, contact our London venues via email or simply browse through the venues and private venue hire brochures here.

Get in touch, we'll come to you!

Cool, simply let us know where and when and we'll see what we can do. The best way to get the ball rolling for this would be to contact Hannah in our events team via Hannah.Miles@smws.com.

Ordering, Delivery and Shipping

Usually 2 days, but please give up to 14 days

Orders are usually processed within 48 hours of receipt and delivery to addresses within the EU can take up to 14 days, however we are unable to guarantee the timescale of the service provided by our couriers, as this may be affected by circumstances out with our control, such adverse weather conditions, government importation processes or strikes. Most UK deliveries will arrive within 2-3 working days. See full T&Cs for delivery here.

UK Free Delivery, EU free delivery on orders over £99

Our delivery partners are DPD and DHL. We use standard delivery tariffs as set by our partner. We strive to offer free delivery when we can and are able to offer this for our members in the UK, with the exception of some remote delivery locations. – More information about delivery costs can be found here. In Europe we offer free delivery on orders over £99

Check online and with courier

All your tracking details can be followed up with your courier - you will receive shipping information directly from the courier upon collection from our warehouse. At this point you will have all the details required to manage and maintain your delivery process.

order status definitions

Pending – order received awaiting processing.
Processing – Payment processing, you’re order is with us but payment processes still being run.
Complete or Payment Received – Payment received and order moved to courier - The courier will now be collecting the order and tracking and order information is handed over to delivery partners.

Unfortunately not.

Once an order is placed, there is no way of delaying it.

Managing delivery with the courier

If you are not home to sign for your order, the driver will leave an attempted delivery calling card. This will contain contact details for you to re-arrange delivery or pick up your parcel directly from their depot.

Nope. We're a members' club!

Unfortunately not. We take pride in create a variety of interesting and exciting whiskies and other single cask spirits solely for the enjoyment of our members. You can try a dram or two in Kaleidoscope but website purchasing and members rooms are solely for members or those looking to join.

Of course!

You can select any delivery address you like as long as it meets our delivery T&Cs. You can view the full delivery T&Cs here.

Speak to us!

Great! We'd be delighted to chat. Please contact us via https://www.smws.com/sell-your-whisky-cask



Simply select gift membership from the whisky club membership page and pick any extras you;d like to add. The lucky recipient will then receive an activation code as part of their present which means they can open their membership up and start exploring the wonderful world of the Society.

As a member yes, as a non-member sadly not.

Current members just need to change their delivery options on checkout or send the bottle to themselves to package as required. We only offer our bottlings to our members and to protect that benefit of membership we don't allow for non-member purchasing, even as a gift. Sorry!

Of course, just speak to the team

Yes all you need to do is call the team via +44 131 555 2929 (Monday – Friday 09:00 to 16:45 UK Time)