SMWS Distillery Codes – Do you know the number system?

scottish-malt-whisky-society3Do you have a bottle or two of a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling, have you ever wondered what the numbers mean – the SMWS Codes? I will try and explain…

The first number is the unique distillery number, and the second number refers to the cask ie, the 6th cask from that distillery they have bottled. So…. if I had a 27.6, I would have a bottle from the 6th cask bottled from the Springbank distillery.

Why doesn’t the SMWS tell us what whisky is in the bottle?  Read below to find out…

The SMWS a more about the unique and individual flavours and characteristics of Whisky rather than brands and distilleries. The reason why they don’t identify the distillery is because it probably won’t taste anything like what you would expect. That’s the nature of the single cask. The SMWS also hope it encourages their members to try something they may never have tasted before.

You will notice however that there are always clues within each of the tasting notes as to the origin of the Whisky…

For reference below you’ll see our list of what the first number corresponds to (please note: this list did not originate from the SMWS):

NUMERICAL   ALPHABETICAL
1 Glenfarclas   60 Aberfeldy
2 The Glenlivet   54 Aberlour
3 Bowmore   108 Allt-a’Bhainne
4 Highland Park   33 Ardbeg
5 Auchentoshan   66 Ardmore
6 Glen Deveron / Macduff   5 Auchentoshan
7 Longmorn   95 Auchroisk
8 Tamdhu   73 Aultmore
9 Glen Grant   70 Balblair
10 Bunnahabhain   48 Balmenach
11 Tomatin   40 Balvenie
12 Benriach   67 Banff
13 Dalmore   78 Ben Nevis
14 Talisker   12 Benriach
15 Glenfiddich   36 Benrinnes
16 Glenturret   47 Benromach
17 Scapa   50 Bladnoch
18 Inchgower   68 Blair Athol
19 Glen Garioch   3 Bowmore
20 Inverleven (Demolished)   113 Braes of Glenlivet
21 Glenglassaugh   61 Brora
22 Glenkinchie   23 Bruichladdich
23 Bruichladdich   10 Bunnahabhain
24 The Macallan   51 Bushmills
25 Rosebank   53 Caol Ila
26 Clynelish   38 Caperdonich
27 Springbank   106 Cardhu
28 Tullibardine   130 Chichibu (Japan)
29 Laphroaig   26 Clynelish
30 Glenrothes   56 Coleburn (Closed)
31 Isle of Jura   118 Connemara (Ireland)
32 Edradour   83 Convalmore (Closed)
33 Ardbeg   117 Cooley (Ireland)
34 Tamnavulin   37 Cragganmore
35 Glen Moray   44 Craigellachie
36 Benrinnes   122 Croftengea
37 Cragganmore   41 Dailuaine
38 Caperdonich   45 Dallas Dhu (Closed)
39 Linkwood   13 Dalmore
40 Balvenie   102 Dalwhinnie
41 Dailuaine   79 Deanston
42 Ledaig / Tobermory   91 Dufftown
43 Port Ellen (Mothballed)   32 Edradour
44 Craigellachie   94 Fettercairn
45 Dallas Dhu (Closed)   69 Glen Albyn
46 Glenlossie   104 Glen Craig
47 Benromach   6 Glen Deveron / Macduff
48 Balmenach   85 Glen Elgin
49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene (Demolished)   86 Glen Esk (Mothballed)
50 Bladnoch   19 Glen Garioch
51 Bushmills   9 Glen Grant
52 Old Pulteney   81 Glen Keith
53 Caol Ila   57 Glen Mhor (Demolished)
54 Aberlour   35 Glen Moray
55 Royal Brackla   77 Glen Ord / Glenordie
56 Coleburn (Closed)   93 Glen Scotia
57 Glen Mhor (Demolished)   80 Glen Spey
58 Strathisla   107 Glenallachie
59 Teaninich   71 Glenburgie / Glencraig (Closed)
60 Aberfeldy   82 Glencadam
61 Brora   96 Glendronach
62 Glenochy   84 Glendullan
63 Glentauchers   1 Glenfarclas
64 Mannochmore   15 Glenfiddich
65 Imperial   21 Glenglassaugh
66 Ardmore   123 Glengoyne
67 Banff   22 Glenkinchie
68 Blair Athol   46 Glenlossie
69 Glen Albyn   125 Glenmorangie
70 Balblair   62 Glenochy
71 Glenburgie / Glencraig (Closed)   30 Glenrothes
72 Miltonduff (Closed)   63 Glentauchers
73 Aultmore   16 Glenturret
74 North Port (Closed)   99 Glenugie (Closed)
75 Glenury   75 Glenury
76 Mortlach   120 Hakushu (Japan)
77 Glen Ord / Glenordie   131 Hanyu (Japan)
78 Ben Nevis   126 Hazelburn
79 Deanston   4 Highland Park
80 Glen Spey   65 Imperial
81 Glen Keith   18 Inchgower
82 Glencadam   112 Inchmurrin
83 Convalmore (Closed)   20 Inverleven (Demolished)
84 Glendullan   121 Isle of Arran
85 Glen Elgin   31 Isle of Jura
86 Glen Esk (Mothballed)   132 Karuizawa (Japan)
87 Millburn (Demolished)   129 Kilchoman
88 Speyburn   101 Knockando
89 Tomintoul   115 Knockdhu
90 Pittyvaich   111 Lagavulin
91 Dufftown   29 Laphroaig
92 Lochside   42 Ledaig / Tobermory
93 Glen Scotia   39 Linkwood
94 Fettercairn   49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene (Demolished)
95 Auchroisk   97 Littlemill
96 Glendronach   92 Lochside
97 Littlemill   98 Lomond
98 Lomond   7 Longmorn
99 Glenugie (Closed)   114 Longrow
100 Strathmill   64 Mannochmore
101 Knockando   87 Millburn (Demolished)
102 Dalwhinnie   72 Miltonduff (Closed)
103 Royal Lochnagar   76 Mortlach
104 Glen Craig   109 Mosstowie
105 Tormore   124 Miyagikyo (Japan)
106 Cardhu   116 Nikka Distilleries (Japan)
107 Glenallachie   74 North Port (Closed)
108 Allt-a’Bhainne   110 Oban
109 Mosstowie   52 Old Pulteney
110 Oban   128 Penderyn
111 Lagavulin   90 Pittyvaich
112 Inchmurrin   127 Port Charlotte
113 Braes of Glenlivet   43 Port Ellen (Mothballed)
114 Longrow   25 Rosebank
115 Knockdhu   55 Royal Brackla
116 Nikka Distilleries (Japan)   103 Royal Lochnagar
117 Cooley (Ireland)   17 Scapa
118 Connemara (Ireland)   88 Speyburn
119 Yamazaki (Japan)   27 Springbank
120 Hakushu (Japan)   58 Strathisla
121 Isle of Arran   100 Strathmill
122 Croftengea   14 Talisker
123 Glengoyne   8 Tamdhu
124 Miyagikyo (Japan)   34 Tamnavulin
125 Glenmorangie   59 Teaninich
126 Hazelburn   2 The Glenlivet
127 Port Charlotte   24 The Macallan
128 Penderyn   11 Tomatin
129 Kilchoman   89 Tomintoul
130 Chichibu (Japan)   105 Tormore
131 Hanyu (Japan)   28 Tullibardine
132 Karuizawa (Japan)   133 Westland Distillery (USA)
133 Westland Distillery (USA)   119 Yamazaki (Japan)
134 Paul John (India)   116 Yoichi (Japan)
         
GRAINS        
G1 North British   G3 Caledonian
G2 Carsebridge   G8 Cambus
G3 Caledonian   G4 Cameronbridge
G4 Cameronbridge   G2 Carsebridge
G5 Invergordon   G13 Chita (Japan)
G6 Port Dundas   G14 Dumbarton
G7 Girvan   G7 Girvan
G8 Cambus    G5 Invergordon
G9 Loch Lomond   G9 Loch Lomond
G10 Strathclyde   G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan)
G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan)   G12  Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan)
G12 Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan)    G1 North British
G13 Chita (Japan)    G6 Port Dundas
G14 Dumbarton    G10 Strathclyde
         
RUMS      BOURBONS  
R1 Port Morant Distillery (Jamaica)    B1 Heaven Hill Distillery (Kentucky, USA)
R2 Demerara Distillery (El Dorado) (Guyana)    B2 Bernheim Distillery (Kentucky, USA)
R3 Mount Gay Distillery (Barbados)    B3 Rock Town Distillery (Arkansas, USA)
R4 Angostura Distillery (Trinidad)    B4 F.E.W Distillery (Illinois, USA)
R5 Appleton Distillery (Jamaica)      
         
GIN        
GN1.1 Makar (Scotland)      
         

 

I hope all those numbers are correct, ;-)…. Do you have a favorite bottling? we would love to know.

Nicola

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23 Responses

  1. Keith McBride says:

    I think that Kilchoman has been added to the list at 129.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Nicola Young says:

    Thank you Keith, Kilchoman is now added

    Nic

  3. bifter says:

    Hi Nicola, G9 is the latest addition to the grains, Loch Lomond.

  4. Nicola Young says:

    Thanks, adding it now, Nic

  5. Danny says:

    Hi all I have found a bottle of unopened whiskey in my Grandads cupboard this is a SMWS cask no 57 other than it being Glen Mhor I know nothing about it could anyone help?

  6. Keith McBride says:

    Danny,

    Send it to me and I’ll taste it and let you know if it’s worth keeping!! 😉

    Do you have the bottling number as well? It will be a 57.xx. The Society may have kept the tasting notes if you ask them.

    I suspect, as the distillery is no longer producing, that there will be a market for it, if you want to sell.Google it.

  7. Nicola Young says:

    Hi Danny, can you take a pic of the label and email to me at nicola @ whiskyboys.com – I will take a look and let you know as much as I can find out. Thanks

    Nic

  8. john ard says:

    I’m trying to get a value for a SMWS bottle marked as follows: Society Cask No 6.14, Distilled November 73, Bottled August 91.

    Can you help?

  9. Mike Murray says:

    Hi Nicola,I have purchased 2 bottles from a local auction house in Montrose, how can you find how many bottles were bottled from each cask.
    Thanks Mike.

  10. Frank Krasprick says:

    Dear Nicola, a few Rums to add:

    smws R1 Port Morant Distillery

    smws R2 Demerara Distillery (El Dorado)

    smws R3 Mount Gay Distillery

    smws R4 Angostura Distillery

    smws R5 Appleton Distillery

  11. Frank Krasprick says:

    SMWS Rum’s:

    smws R1 Port Morant Distillery (Jamaica)

    smws R2 Demerara Distillery (El Dorado) (Guyana)

    smws R3 Mount Gay Distillery (Barbados)

    smws R4 Angostura Distillery (Trinidad)

    smws R5 Appleton Distillery (Jamaica)

  12. Nicola Young says:

    Thanks Frank, I will get this updated 😉

  13. Stef says:

    Niyagikyo should be Miyagikyo.

  14. Stef says:

    You can also add: G14 Dumbarton

  15. Nicola Young says:

    Thanks, making those changes now 😉

  16. Frank Krasprick says:

    Dear Nicola, a few Bourbons to add:

    smws B1 Heaven Hill Distillery (Kentucky, USA)

    smws B2 Bernheim Distillery (Kentucky, USA)

    smws B3 Rock Town Distillery (Arkansas, USA)

    smws B4 F.E.W Distillery (Illinois, USA)

  17. Sam says:

    I have a 3.66 bottled june 01 smws bottle and was wondering where i can get an evaluation? (13 yrs)

  18. Frank Krasprick says:

    Dear Nicola, some SMWS Bourbon’s:

    smws B1 Heaven Hill (Kentucky)

    smws B2 Bernheim (Kentucky)

    smws B3 Rock Town (Arkansas)

    smws B4 FEW (Illinois)

  19. helen says:

    I have a bottle of 86.3 and wonder how I find the value

  20. Nicola Young says:

    thanks, I will add these today:

    smws B1 Heaven Hill Distillery (Kentucky, USA)
    smws B2 Bernheim Distillery (Kentucky, USA)
    smws B3 Rock Town Distillery (Arkansas, USA)
    smws B4 F.E.W Distillery (Illinois, USA)

  21. Simon says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for this info.
    Just to let you know about the rums…..

    R1 is Monymusk Distillery (Jamaica). Port Mo(u)rant is from Guyana.
    R3 is Rockley Still (WIRD, Barbados)
    R5 is Long Pond Distillery (Jamaica)
    R6 is Foursquare (Barbados)
    R8 is Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua, or Flor de Caña (Nicaragua)
    R9 is Varela-Hermanos, Ron Abuelo (Panama)
    R10 is possibly Caroni (Trinidad)

  22. Admin says:

    Thanks, I will update the list

    much appreciated

  23. Chris Burton says:

    Good morning, I’ve been offered a 1 litre bottle of
    Caperdonich 1968 17 Year Old, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice.
    I have not been able to locate a bottle of this size only 70cl at around £550.
    Can you advise me as to whether thee was a bottling in the 1 litre size, if so what sort of price would I be looking at.

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