SMWS Codes – The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Distillery Codes Explained

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SMWS CodesWhat are the SMWS distillery codes?

Do 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 the SMWS don’t tell us what whisky is in the bottle?  

Read below to find out:

The SMWS is about the unique and individual flavours and characteristics of Single Malt 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 a whisky they may never have tasted before.

For reference only, below you’ll see our list of what the numbers translate to.

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

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

 

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.

Nicola

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26 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

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