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INTRODUCE A FRIEND TO THE WORLD'S LEADING WHISKY CLUB

There’s been very little you could call conventional about The Scotch Malt Whisky Society since we set up home at The Vaults in Leith in 1983.

We discovered the delights of whisky drawn straight from the cask – undiluted and unadulterated – when it was considered too quirky and challenging. Overlooked and unappreciated, it had been left to languish in warehouses across the country, unknown to the wider public.

We shared our discovery when industry experts said there was no demand for it. We watched word of mouth spread, unearthed ever more treasures, and then opened a whisky club to unite those of you with a passion for flavour, for variety and for fun.

Like our whiskies, our 26,000 members are all together unique.   View your membership benefits in detail below and pick your pack. All packs provide 12 months of membership and contain your membership card and lapel badge, your first copy of Unfiltered and other welcome material.

THE ANNUAL GIFT MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES

  • Member-only access to around 20 new whiskies and spirits in our monthly Outturn
  • Entry for our member and up to three guests to the Society’s four Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh and London
  • Access and discounted tickets to an extensive programme of tasting events with fellow whisky lovers
  • Discounted dram prices at all SMWS partner bars across UK and the rest of the world
  • Discounted ticket prices for SMWS events across UK and the rest of the world
  • Free subscription to Unfiltered, our award-winning members’ magazine
  • Savings on postage and packaging, free to most UK addresses
  • Membership card

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • If you are buying an SMWS membership as a gift, we don't need the details of the person you are offering the membership to
  • Your gift membership includes an activation code for the recipient to create their online account
  • Membership is valid for a year and is renewable. Don't worry if you're purchasing your gift in advance of the big day, membership only starts upon activation
  • We can either deliver a gift membership directly to the lucky new SMWS member, or send it to you if you prefer to gift it in person - the choice is yours

ADD EXTRAS TO YOUR GIFT MEMBERSHIP

Membership & 5 Dram Tasting Box

Explore single cask whisky and discover your favourite flavour by sampling five 25ml single cask drams and follow along with an online tasting video.

With Membership £89

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Membership & Tasting Tickets

You and your guest can enjoy the good company of fellow members by coming along to one of our regular whisky tasting events. Valid for 12 months and up to £70 total.

With Membership £125

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Membership & 3 Dram Serve

Perfect for getting to know each other. Join us at any of our UK Members' Rooms for a chat while a whisky ambassador will take you through three 25ml drams.

With Membership £80

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Pioneer Welcome Pack

The pioneer pack contains; Three exclusive release 100ml bottles only available in pioneer packs. £5 whisky e-voucher, SMWS journal and welcome pack.

With Membership £89

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Membership without extras £65

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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERS-ONLY WHISKY

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Only members of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society can access our multi award-winning monthly Outturns of around 20 new single cask, single malt bottlings in an ever-changing variety of flavours.

COLOURFUL MEMBER EVENTS

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Bring your Society whisky to life with your guests and fellow members at our colourful tasting events and intriguing whisky experiences, held at our Members' Rooms, partner bars and other venues close to where you are.

MEMBERS' ROOMS

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Only the kindred spirits of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society get exclusive access to our four Members' Rooms in Edinburgh and London, the perfect places to share your passion for our single cask, single malt. Even better - you can sign in up to three guests on each visit to show them what they're missing.

PARTNER BARS

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Wherever you go, you can find a home-from-home in one of our specially selected partner bars around the world. Each one carries a variety of SMWS bottlings, served by fellow whisky enthusiasts and often at discounted prices for members.

UNFILTERED MEMBERS MAGAZINE

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Available in print and online, Unfiltered is delivered exclusively to Society members four times a year, with the best in whisky writing and photography to inform, entertain and stimulate your taste for whisky adventures.

FREE DELIVERY
Get your precious bottles carefully packaged and delivered free to your door throughout the UK for any purchase, and across the EU if you spend more than £99.
MEMBERSHIP CARD AND LAPEL BADGE
Carry it with pride…your membership card identifies you as belonging to the world's leading whisky club, gives you access to our Members’ Rooms and discounts at our partner bars. Keep it handy, and show the world your whisky Society with our distinguished lapel badge.
MAKE DISCOVERIES BEYOND MALT
We love the finest things in life – and that means exploring the world beyond single cask, single malt whisky. Members can also explore our Single Cask Spirits collection, including the finest bourbon, rum, cognac, armagnac and gin on offer.
EXPERT ADVICE AND WHISKY CONCIERGE
Get personal guidance and advice about all our whiskies from Michelle, Andrew and Anja and the rest of the Member Services team, or check in with our Whisky Concierge in either virtual or physical form at one of our Members’ Rooms.
THE SOCIETY COMES TO YOU
You don’t always have to come to us – our Society ambassadors are equally happy bringing their expertise, and a suitable selection of single cask, single malts, to your own private event
LEARN ABOUT WHISKY
The Society isn’t only the best place to find single cask, single malt, it’s also the best place to learn more about it, through our printed quarterly members magazine, Unfiltered, our regular online features, tasting events and special offers to take your knowledge to the next level with our partners at the Edinburgh Whisky Academy.
GIFTS AND ACCESSORIES
Show your sense of belonging, or share your passion for the Society, with a range of SMWS accessories, from tasting glasses to water jugs and more.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATES
Members receive personalised weekly emails with everything you need to know about new releases, tasting events, special offers and the latest whisky knowledge.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Members are at the core of the Society and we want to hear from you. That could be by being involved in trial tastings, contributing to Unfiltered magazine or the Society’s blog, voting on our whiskies and other products, or by suggesting new additions to our partner bar network.
REGULAR MEMBER PRIZES
We offer fantastic prizes every month to subscribed members, from a bottle of whisky to an offering from our range of Society accessories. And twice a year we push the boat out with an even bigger prize – but you have to be signed up to be in with a chance of winning.
AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Wherever you venture in the world, you’ll meet fellow members of the SMWS who share your passion for single cask, single malt. We’ll put you in touch with our international branches and ambassadors to experience tasting events, partner bars and to meet local members across the world
EVERY BACK ISSUE OF UNFILTERED ONLINE
Members can delve into a decade’s worth of Unfiltered magazine with exclusive access to a complete archive of digitised editions, dating back to 2008.
SLEEP TIGHT AT THE VAULTS
Want to make a night of it at our spiritual home at The Vaults in Leith? Members can stay over in the Society’s luxurious self-catering apartment, right above our Members’ Rooms.

STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

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