What is the SMWS Code? SMWS Distillery Codes Explained

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SMWS CodesDo you have a bottle or ten of a Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask, have you ever wondered what the numbers mean, what the SMWS Codes relate to? I will try to explain the SMWS 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 by the SMWS.

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 that 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.

For reference only, below you’ll see our list of what the numbers correspond to (please note: the SMWS Codes list did not originate from the SMWS):

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   140 Balcones (Texas, USA)
11 Tomatin   48 Balmenach
12 Benriach   40 Balvenie
13 Dalmore   67 Banff
14 Talisker   78 Ben Nevis
15 Glenfiddich   12 Benriach
16 Glenturret   36 Benrinnes
17 Scapa   47 Benromach
18 Inchgower   50 Bladnoch
19 Glen Garioch   68 Blair Athol
20 Inverleven (Demolished)   3 Bowmore
21 Glenglassaugh   113 Braes of Glenlivet
22 Glenkinchie   61 Brora
23 Bruichladdich   23 Bruichladdich
24 The Macallan   10 Bunnahabhain
25 Rosebank   51 Bushmills
26 Clynelish   53 Caol Ila
27 Springbank   38 Caperdonich
28 Tullibardine   106 Cardhu
29 Laphroaig   130 Chichibu (Japan)
30 Glenrothes   26 Clynelish
31 Isle of Jura   56 Coleburn (Closed)
32 Edradour   118 Connemara (Ireland)
33 Ardbeg   83 Convalmore (Closed)
34 Tamnavulin   117 Cooley (Ireland)
35 Glen Moray   37 Cragganmore
36 Benrinnes   44 Craigellachie
37 Cragganmore   122 Croftengea
38 Caperdonich   41 Dailuaine
39 Linkwood   45 Dallas Dhu (Closed)
40 Balvenie   13 Dalmore
41 Dailuaine   102 Dalwhinnie
42 Ledaig / Tobermory   79 Deanston
43 Port Ellen (Mothballed)   91 Dufftown
44 Craigellachie   136 Eden Mill
45 Dallas Dhu (Closed)   32 Edradour
46 Glenlossie   137 English Whisky Company
47 Benromach   141 Fary Lochan (Denmark)
48 Balmenach   94 Fettercairn
49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene (Demolished)   69 Glen Albyn
50 Bladnoch   104 Glen Craig
51 Bushmills   6 Glen Deveron / Macduff
52 Old Pulteney   85 Glen Elgin
53 Caol Ila   86 Glen Esk (Mothballed)
54 Aberlour   19 Glen Garioch
55 Royal Brackla   9 Glen Grant
56 Coleburn (Closed)   81 Glen Keith
57 Glen Mhor (Demolished)   57 Glen Mhor (Demolished)
58 Strathisla   35 Glen Moray
59 Teaninich   77 Glen Ord / Glenordie
60 Aberfeldy   93 Glen Scotia
61 Brora   80 Glen Spey
62 Glenochy   107 Glenallachie
63 Glentauchers   71 Glenburgie / Glencraig (Closed)
64 Mannochmore   82 Glencadam
65 Imperial   96 Glendronach
66 Ardmore   84 Glendullan
67 Banff   1 Glenfarclas
68 Blair Athol   15 Glenfiddich
69 Glen Albyn   21 Glenglassaugh
70 Balblair   123 Glengoyne
71 Glenburgie / Glencraig (Closed)   22 Glenkinchie
72 Miltonduff (Closed)   46 Glenlossie
73 Aultmore   125 Glenmorangie
74 North Port (Closed)   62 Glenochy
75 Glenury   30 Glenrothes
76 Mortlach   63 Glentauchers
77 Glen Ord / Glenordie   16 Glenturret
78 Ben Nevis   99 Glenugie (Closed)
79 Deanston   75 Glenury
80 Glen Spey   120 Hakushu (Japan)
81 Glen Keith   131 Hanyu (Japan)
82 Glencadam   126 Hazelburn
83 Convalmore (Closed)   4 Highland Park
84 Glendullan   65 Imperial
85 Glen Elgin   18 Inchgower
86 Glen Esk (Mothballed)   135 Inchmoan (Loch Lomond)
87 Millburn (Demolished)   112 Inchmurrin
88 Speyburn   20 Inverleven (Demolished)
89 Tomintoul   121 Isle of Arran
90 Pittyvaich   31 Isle of Jura
91 Dufftown   132 Karuizawa (Japan)
92 Lochside   139 Kavalan (Taiwan)
93 Glen Scotia   129 Kilchoman
94 Fettercairn   101 Knockando
95 Auchroisk   115 Knockdhu
96 Glendronach   111 Lagavulin
97 Littlemill   29 Laphroaig
98 Lomond   42 Ledaig / Tobermory
99 Glenugie (Closed)   39 Linkwood
100 Strathmill   49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene (Demolished)
101 Knockando   97 Littlemill
102 Dalwhinnie   92 Lochside
103 Royal Lochnagar   98 Lomond
104 Glen Craig   7 Longmorn
105 Tormore   114 Longrow
106 Cardhu   64 Mannochmore
107 Glenallachie   87 Millburn (Demolished)
108 Allt-a’Bhainne   72 Miltonduff (Closed)
109 Mosstowie   76 Mortlach
110 Oban   109 Mosstowie
111 Lagavulin   124 Miyagikyo (Japan)
112 Inchmurrin   138 Nantou (Taiwan)
113 Braes of Glenlivet   116 Nikka Distilleries (Japan)
114 Longrow   74 North Port (Closed)
115 Knockdhu   110 Oban
116 Nikka Distilleries (Japan)   52 Old Pulteney
117 Cooley (Ireland)   128 Penderyn
118 Connemara (Ireland)   90 Pittyvaich
119 Yamazaki (Japan)   127 Port Charlotte
120 Hakushu (Japan)   43 Port Ellen (Mothballed)
121 Isle of Arran   25 Rosebank
122 Croftengea   55 Royal Brackla
123 Glengoyne   103 Royal Lochnagar
124 Miyagikyo (Japan)   17 Scapa
125 Glenmorangie   88 Speyburn
126 Hazelburn   27 Springbank
127 Port Charlotte   58 Strathisla
128 Penderyn (Wales)   100 Strathmill
129 Kilchoman   14 Talisker
130 Chichibu (Japan)   8 Tamdhu
131 Hanyu (Japan)   34 Tamnavulin
132 Karuizawa (Japan)   59 Teaninich
133 Westland Distillery (USA)   2 The Glenlivet
134 Paul John (India)   24 The Macallan
135 Inchmoan (Loch Lomond)   11 Tomatin
136 Eden Mill   89 Tomintoul
137 English Whisky Company   105 Tormore
138 Nantou (Taiwan)   28 Tullibardine
139 Kavalan (Taiwan)   133 Westland Distillery (USA)
140 Balcones (Texas, USA)   119 Yamazaki (Japan)
141 Fary Lochan (Denmark)   116 Yoichi (Japan)
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   G14 Loch Lomond (Rhosdhu)
G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan)   G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan)
G12 Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan)   G12 Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan)
G13 Chita (Japan)   G1 North British
G14 Dumbarton   G6 Port Dundas
G15 Loch Lomond (Rhosdhu)   G10 Strathclyde
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)      
 B1 Heaven Hill Distillery (Kentucky, USA)      
 B2 Bernheim Distillery (Kentucky, USA)      
 B3 Rock Town Distillery (Arkansas, USA)      
 B4 F.E.W Distillery (Illinois, USA)      
 B5 George Dickle (Tennessee, USA)      
RW1 F.E.W      
GN1 Glasgow Distillery Company (Scotland)      
GN2 Strathearn Distillers (Scotland)      
GN3 The Borders 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.


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25 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


  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:


    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


  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:

    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

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