SMWS Codes – Scotch Malt Whisky Society Distillery Distillery Codes

The up-to-date SMWS distillery codes list is here!

SMWS Codes

Do you have a bottle or ten of a Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask, have you ever wondered what the numbers on the label mean, and what the SMWS Codes relate to? I will try to explain the SMWS distillery code system.

The first number of the SMWS code is the unique distillery number, these numbers are allocated by the order the first cask of a distillery is bottled. 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 bottled by the SMWS.

Why does the SMWS not tell us what whisky is in the bottle?  

The SMWS is about the unique and individual flavours and characteristics of Single Malt Whisky rather than the brands and distilleries behind them. The reason why they don’t identify the distillery is that it probably won’t taste anything like what you would expect. That’s the nature of the single cask, each one is unique and individual. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society also hope it encourages its members to try a whisky, gin or rum they may never have tasted before.

For reference only, below you’ll The Whisky Boys’ own list of what the distillery codes translate to.

(please note: this SMWS Distillery Codes list did not originate from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

SMWS Code Distillery Name Country Whisky Region
1 Glenfarclas Distillery Scotland Speyside
2 The Glenlivet Distillery Scotland Speyside
3 Bowmore Distillery Scotland Islay
4 Highland Park Distillery Scotland Highland
5 Auchentoshan Distillery Scotland Lowland
6 Glen Deveron / Macduff Distillery Scotland Speyside
7 Longmorn Distillery Scotland Speyside
8 Tamdhu Distillery Scotland Speyside
9 Glen Grant Distillery Scotland Speyside
10 Bunnahabhain Distillery Scotland Islay
11 Tomatin Distillery Scotland Highland
12 Benriach Distillery Scotland Speyside
13 Dalmore Distillery Scotland Highland
14 Talisker Distillery Scotland Highland
15 Glenfiddich Distillery Scotland Speyside
16 Glenturret Distillery Scotland Highland
17 Scapa Distillery Scotland Highland
18 Inchgower Distillery Scotland Speyside
19 Glen Garioch Distillery Scotland Highland
20 Inverleven Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
21 Glenglassaugh Distillery Scotland Speyside
22 Glenkinchie Distillery Scotland Lowland
23 Bruichladdich Distillery Scotland Islay
24 The Macallan Distillery Scotland Speyside
25 Rosebank Distillery (Re-built) Scotland Lowland
26 Clynelish Distillery Scotland Highland
27 Springbank Distillery Scotland Campbeltown
28 Tullibardine Distillery Scotland Highland
29 Laphroaig Distillery Scotland Islay
30 Glenrothes Distillery Scotland Speyside
31 Isle of Jura Distillery Scotland Highland
32 Edradour Distillery Scotland Highland
33 Ardbeg Distillery Scotland Islay
34 Tamnavulin Distillery Scotland Speyside
35 Glen Moray Distillery Scotland Speyside
36 Benrinnes Distillery Scotland Speyside
37 Cragganmore Distillery Scotland Speyside
38 Caperdonich Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
39 Linkwood Distillery Scotland Speyside
40 Balvenie Distillery Scotland Speyside
41 Dailuaine Distillery Scotland Speyside
42 Ledaig / Tobermory Distillery Scotland Highland
43 Port Ellen Distillery (Re-build) Scotland Islay
44 Craigellachie Distillery Scotland Speyside
45 Dallas Dhu Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
46 Glenlossie Distillery Scotland Speyside
47 Benromach Distillery Scotland Speyside
48 Balmenach Distillery Scotland Speyside
49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
50 Bladnoch Distillery Scotland Lowland
51 Bushmills Distillery Ireland  
52 Old Pulteney Distillery Scotland Highland
53 Caol Ila Distillery Scotland Islay
54 Aberlour Distillery Scotland Speyside
55 Royal Brackla Distillery Scotland Highland
56 Coleburn Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
57 Glen Mhor Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
58 Strathisla Distillery Scotland Speyside
59 Teaninich Distillery Scotland Highland
60 Aberfeldy Distillery Scotland Highland
61 Brora Distillery Scotland Highland
62 Glenlochy Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
63 Glentauchers Distillery Scotland Speyside
64 Mannochmore Distillery Scotland Speyside
65 Imperial Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
66 Ardmore Distillery Scotland Highland
67 Banff Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
68 Blair Athol Distillery Scotland Highland
69 Glen Albyn Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Highland
70 Balblair Distillery Scotland Highland
71 Glenburgie Distillery / Glencraig (Closed) Scotland Speyside
72 Miltonduff Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
73 Aultmore Distillery Scotland Speyside
74 North Port Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
75 Glenury Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
76 Mortlach Distillery Scotland Speyside
77 Glen Ord / Glenordie Distillery Scotland Highland
78 Ben Nevis Distillery Scotland Highland
79 Deanston Distillery Scotland Highland
80 Glen Spey Distillery Scotland Speyside
81 Glen Keith Distillery Scotland Speyside
82 Glencadam Distillery Scotland Highland
83 Convalmore Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
84 Glendullan Distillery Scotland Speyside
85 Glen Elgin Distillery Scotland Speyside
86 Glen Esk Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
87 Millburn Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Highland
88 Speyburn Distillery Scotland Speyside
89 Tomintoul Distillery Scotland Speyside
90 Pittyvaich Distillery Scotland Speyside
91 Dufftown Distillery Scotland Speyside
92 Lochside Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
93 Glen Scotia Distillery Scotland Campbeltown
94 Fettercairn Distillery Scotland Highland
95 Auchroisk Distillery Scotland Speyside
96 Glendronach Distillery Scotland Highland
97 Littlemill Distillery (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
98 Lomond Distillery Scotland Highland
99 Glenugie Distillery (Closed) Scotland Highland
100 Strathmill Distillery Scotland Speyside
101 Knockando Distillery Scotland Speyside
102 Dalwhinnie Distillery Scotland Highland
103 Royal Lochnagar Distillery Scotland Highland
104 Glen Craig Distillery (Closed) Scotland Speyside
105 Tormore Distillery Scotland Speyside
106 Cardhu Distillery Scotland Speyside
107 Glenallachie Distillery Scotland Speyside
108 Allt-a’Bhainne Distillery Scotland Speyside
109 Mosstowie Distillery Scotland Speyside
110 Oban Distillery Scotland Highland
111 Lagavulin Distillery Scotland Islay
112 Inchmurrin Distillery Scotland Highland
113 Braes of Glenlivet Distillery Scotland Speyside
114 Longrow Distillery Scotland Campbeltown
115 Knockdhu Distillery Scotland Speyside
116 Nikka Distilleries  Japan  
117 Cooley Distillery Ireland  
118 Connemara Distillery Ireland  
119 Yamazaki Distillery Japan  
120 Hakushu Distillery Japan  
121 Isle of Arran Distillery Scotland Highland
122 Croftengea Distillery Scotland Highland
123 Glengoyne Distillery Scotland Highland
124 Miyagikyo Distillery Japan  
125 Glenmorangie Distillery Scotland Highland
126 Hazelburn Distillery Scotland Campbeltown
127 Port Charlotte Distillery Scotland Islay
128 Penderyn Distillery Wales  
129 Kilchoman Distillery Scotland Islay
130 Chichibu Distillery Japan  
131 Hanyu Distillery Japan  
132 Karuizawa Distillery Japan  
133 Westland Distillery America  
134 Paul John Distillery India  
135 Inchmoan Distillery (Loch Lomond) Scotland Highland
136 Eden Mill Distillery Scotland Lowland
137 English Whisky Company England  
138 Nantou Distillery Taiwan  
139 Kavalan Distillery Taiwan  
140 Balcones Distillery Texas, USA  
141 Fary Lochan Distillery Denmark  
142 Breuckelen Distillery New York, USA  
143 Copperworks Distillery Seattle, USA  
144 High Coast Distillery Sweden  
145 Smögen Whisky Sweden  
146 Cotswolds England  
147 Archie Rose Australia  
148 Starward Australia  
149 Ardnamurchan Scotland Highland
150 West Cork Distillers Ireland  
151 Mackmyra Distillery Sweden  
152 Shelterpoint Distillery Canada  
153 THY Distillery Denmark  
154 Mossgard Distillery Denmark  
155 Milk & Honey Distillery Israel  
       
GRAIN Whisky      
G1 North British Distillery Scotland Lowland
G2 Carsebridge Distillery Scotland Lowland
G3 Caledonian Distillery Scotland  
G4 Cameronbridge Distillery Scotland Lowland
G5 Invergordon Distillery Scotland Highland
G6 Port Dundas Distillery Scotland Lowland
G7 Girvan Distillery Scotland Lowland
G8 Cambus Distillery Scotland Lowland
G9 Loch Lomond Distillery Scotland Highland
G10 Strathclyde Distillery Scotland Lowland
G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan) Japan Japan
G12 Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan) Japan Japan
G13 Chita (Japan) Japan Japan
G14 Dumbarton Distillery Scotland Lowland
G15 Loch Lomond Distillery (Rhosdhu) Scotland Highland
       
RUM      
R1 Port Morant Distillery  Jamaica  
R2 Demerara Distillery (El Dorado)  Guyana  
R3 Mount Gay Distillery  Barbados  
R4 Angostura Distillery  Trinidad  
R5 Appleton Distillery  Jamaica  
R6 Foursquare Barbados  
R7 Hampden Distillery  Jamaica  
R8 Compañía Licorera de Nicaragua  Nicaragua  
R9 Varela Hermanos  Panama  
R10 Trinadad Distillers  Trinadad  
R11 Worthy Park  Jamaica  
R12 Travellers  Belize  
R13 Caroni  Trinidad  
R14 Uitvlugt Guyana  
       
 BOURBON      
 B1 Heaven Hill Distillery  USA Kentucky, USA
 B2 Bernheim Distillery  USA Kentucky, USA
 B3 Rock Town Distillery  USA Arkansas, USA
 B4 F.E.W Distillery  USA Illinois, USA
 B5 George Dickel Distillery USA Tennessee, USA
 B6 Finger Lakes Distillery USA New York, USA
 B7 ? Distillery USA ?
       
RYE Whisky      
RW1 F.E.W Distillery USA Illinois, USA
RW2 Finger Lakes Distilling USA New York, USA
RW3 New York Distillery USA New York, USA
RW4 ? Distillery   ?
RW5 ? Distillery   ?
       
GIN      
GN1 Makar ~ Glasgow Distillery Company   Scotland
GN2 Strathearn Distillery   Scotland
GN3 The Borders Distillery    Scotland
GN4 Boatyard Distillery    Northern Ireland
GN5 Glenrinnes Distillery    Scotland

I hope all those numbers are correct if you spot an error just leave a note below and we will fix it 😉 Do you have favourite SMWS Codes? We would love to know.

Nic 🙂

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30 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.

  24. Joanne says:

    Hi, I have been given a bottle of longmorn 15 whiskey, initially to drink off my nan, but then in the next sentence she says she has had it at least 30 years!!! So I have not drunk it and decided to a little research but not overly clued up on whiskey, I’m trying to find out exactly how old it is, can anyone advise hi why I can find out?
    Thank you Joanne

  25. Jörg Reitenbach says:

    Nö. 135 is Inchmoan of the Loch Lomond Group

  26. David Tjeder says:

    145 is Smögen distillery, http://www.smogenwhisky.se/, led by Pär Caldenby.

  27. Colin says:

    I see GN5 in this month. Which one is this?

  28. Colin says:

    GN5 is now on its 4th batch. Any idea where it’s from in Scotland?

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