The Scotch Malt Whisky Society


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a club unlike any other. As well as being a place to connect with other like-minded whisky lovers, we are also internationally renowned for our mission: to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world’s widest collection of single cask whiskies.

The Society grew out of a few individuals’ irrepressible spirit of discovery and adventure, which still drives us today. Inspired by the unique character of a single malt whisky cask, purchased over 30 years ago from a Speyside distillery, this pioneering group of friends founded the Society in 1983 to buy more casks and share their discovery with like-minded adventurers.

SMWS Whisky

All their whiskies are bottled at cask strength and are not subjected to chill filtration or any other interference, so members can enjoy their dram as if it were straight from the cask. The net result is bottlings that often surprise, as well as delight, and which accurately reflect the remarkable variety in the craft of distillation, as well as the infinite complexities of wood, spirit and time, which can only be uncovered in a single cask bottling.


Being a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society means having an open-mind, a thirst for knowledge, and a spirit of adventure and curiosity. We believe in a different approach to whisky, celebrating the flavours in the bottle and not where it comes from. Join them if you’re ready to challenge conventions and explore new possibilities.

They bring whisky lovers from around the world together and guide them on their whisky journey. You can choose how to share in their single cask adventures by adding tasting tickets, drams and bottles, or our SMWS welcome pack to your membership.


  • Member-only access to around 20 new whiskies and spirits in our monthly outrun.
  • Entry for you and up to three guests to the Society’s four Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh and London.
  • Access 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.
  • Free subscription to Unfiltered, our award-winning members’ magazine,
  • Savings on postage and packaging, free to most UK addresses.
  • Membership card.