SMWS Codes, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Distillery List

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

Do you have a bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society SMWS single cask whisky and have you ever wondered what the numbers on the label mean? Keep reading and I will try to explain.

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What do the Scotch Malt Whisky Society SMWS codes mean?

There are two numbers separated by a dot on the label. The first number is the distillery number, which is allocated in order of when the first cask of the distillery is bottled and the number after the dot refers to the cask number.

Example… So, an SMWS single cask bottling of 27.6, is a bottle of Scotch Single Malt Whisky from a cask of Springbank from the 6th cask bottled from the Springbank distillery, number 27 is allocated to the Springbank Distillery. See the list below.

Why does the SMWS not detail the whisky’s name in the bottle?

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society SMWS is interested in the unique and individual flavours and characteristics of Single Malt Whisky rather than the brands and distilleries behind them. The reason this independent bottler doesn’t identify the distillery is simply that the single cask, cask strength version of the whisky will probably not taste anything like what you’d expect.

That’s the nature of single cask whisky, each cask is unique and individual and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society also hopes to encourage its members to try a whisky they have never tasted.

For reference only, below is The Whisky Boys’ own SMWS distillery codes list:

(Please note: this Code list did not originate from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

Code Distillery Name Country Whisky Region
1 Glenfarclas Scotland Speyside
2 The Glenlivet Scotland Speyside
3 Bowmore Scotland Islay
4 Highland Park Scotland Highland
5 Auchentoshan Scotland Lowland
6 Glen Deveron / Macduff Scotland Speyside
7 Longmorn Scotland Speyside
8 Tamdhu Scotland Speyside
9 Glen Grant Scotland Speyside
10 Bunnahabhain Scotland Islay
11 Tomatin Scotland Highland
12 Benriach Scotland Speyside
13 Dalmore Scotland Highland
14 Talisker Scotland Highland
15 Glenfiddich Scotland Speyside
16 Glenturret Scotland Highland
17 Scapa Scotland Highland
18 Inchgower Scotland Speyside
19 Glen Garioch Scotland Highland
20 Inverleven (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
21 Glenglassaugh Scotland Speyside
22 Glenkinchie Scotland Lowland
23 Bruichladdich Scotland Islay
24 The Macallan Scotland Speyside
25 Rosebank Scotland Lowland
26 Clynelish Scotland Highland
27 Springbank Scotland Campbeltown
28 Tullibardine Scotland Highland
29 Laphroaig Scotland Islay
30 Glenrothes Scotland Speyside
31 Isle of Jura Scotland Highland
32 Edradour Scotland Highland
33 Ardbeg Scotland Islay
34 Tamnavulin Scotland Speyside
35 Glen Moray Scotland Speyside
36 Benrinnes Scotland Speyside
37 Cragganmore Scotland Speyside
38 Caperdonich (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
39 Linkwood Scotland Speyside
40 Balvenie Scotland Speyside
41 Dailuaine Scotland Speyside
42 Ledaig / Tobermory Scotland Highland
43 Port Ellen Scotland Islay
44 Craigellachie Scotland Speyside
45 Dallas Dhu (Closed) Scotland Speyside
46 Glenlossie Scotland Speyside
47 Benromach Scotland Speyside
48 Balmenach Scotland Speyside
49 Linlithgow / St Magdalene (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
50 Bladnoch Scotland Lowland
51 Bushmills Ireland  
52 Old Pulteney Scotland Highland
53 Caol Ila Scotland Islay
54 Aberlour Scotland Speyside
55 Royal Brackla Scotland Highland
56 Coleburn (Closed) Scotland Speyside
57 Glen Mhor (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
58 Strathisla Scotland Speyside
59 Teaninich Scotland Highland
60 Aberfeldy Scotland Highland
61 Brora Scotland Highland
62 Glenlochy (Closed) Scotland Highland
63 Glentauchers Scotland Speyside
64 Mannochmore Scotland Speyside
65 Imperial (Demolished) Scotland Speyside
66 Ardmore Scotland Highland
67 Banff (Closed) Scotland Speyside
68 Blair Athol Scotland Highland
69 Glen Albyn (Demolished) Scotland Highland
70 Balblair Scotland Highland
71 Glenburgie / Glencraig (Closed) Scotland Speyside
72 Miltonduff (Closed) Scotland Speyside
73 Aultmore Scotland Speyside
74 North Port (Closed) Scotland Highland
75 Glenury (Closed) Scotland Highland
76 Mortlach Scotland Speyside
77 Glen Ord / Glenordie Scotland Highland
78 Ben Nevis Scotland Highland
79 Deanston Scotland Highland
80 Glen Spey Scotland Speyside
81 Glen Keith Scotland Speyside
82 Glencadam Scotland Highland
83 Convalmore (Closed) Scotland Speyside
84 Glendullan Scotland Speyside
85 Glen Elgin Scotland Speyside
86 Glen Esk (Closed) Scotland Highland
87 Millburn (Demolished) Scotland Highland
88 Speyburn Scotland Speyside
89 Tomintoul Scotland Speyside
90 Pittyvaich Scotland Speyside
91 Dufftown Scotland Speyside
92 Lochside (Closed) Scotland Highland
93 Glen Scotia Scotland Campbeltown
94 Fettercairn Scotland Highland
95 Auchroisk Scotland Speyside
96 Glendronach Scotland Highland
97 Littlemill (Demolished) Scotland Lowland
98 Inverleven (Lomond) (Closed) Scotland Highland
99 Glenugie (Closed) Scotland Highland
100 Strathmill Scotland Speyside
101 Knockando Scotland Speyside
102 Dalwhinnie Scotland Highland
103 Royal Lochnagar Scotland Highland
104 Glen Craig (Closed) Scotland Speyside
105 Tormore Scotland Speyside
106 Cardhu Scotland Speyside
107 Glenallachie Scotland Speyside
108 Allt-a’Bhainne Scotland Speyside
109 Mosstowie Scotland Speyside
110 Oban Scotland Highland
111 Lagavulin Scotland Islay
112 Inchmurrin Scotland Highland
113 Braes of Glenlivet Scotland Speyside
114 Longrow Scotland Campbeltown
115 Knockdhu Scotland Speyside
116 Nikka  Japan  
117 Cooley Ireland  
118 Connemara Ireland  
119 Yamazaki Japan  
120 Hakushu Japan  
121 Isle of Arran Scotland Highland
122 Croftengea Scotland Highland
123 Glengoyne Scotland Highland
124 Miyagikyo Japan  
125 Glenmorangie Scotland Highland
126 Hazelburn Scotland Campbeltown
127 Port Charlotte Scotland Islay
128 Penderyn Wales  
129 Kilchoman Scotland Islay
130 Chichibu Japan  
131 Hanyu Japan  
132 Karuizawa Japan  
133 Westland America  
134 Paul John India  
135 Inchmoan (Loch Lomond) Scotland Highland
136 Eden Mill Scotland Lowland
137 English Whisky Company England  
138 Nantou Taiwan  
139 Kavalan Taiwan  
140 Balcones Texas, USA  
141 Fary Lochan Denmark  
142 Breuckelen New York, USA  
143 Copperworks Seattle, USA  
144 High Coast 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 Sweden  
152 Shelterpoint Canada  
153 THY Denmark  
154 Mossgard Denmark  
155 Milk & Honey Israel  
156 The Glasgow Distillery Scotland Lowland
157 Armorik Distillery France  


GRAIN Whisky      
G1 North British Scotland Lowland
G2 Carsebridge Scotland Lowland
G3 Caledonian Scotland  
G4 Cameronbridge Scotland Lowland
G5 Invergordon Scotland Highland
G6 Port Dundas Scotland Lowland
G7 Girvan Scotland Lowland
G8 Cambus Scotland Lowland
G9 Loch Lomond Scotland Highland
G10 Strathclyde Scotland Lowland
G11 Nikka Coffey Grain (Japan) Japan Japan
G12 Nikka Coffey Malt (Japan) Japan Japan
G13 Chita (Japan) Japan Japan
G14 Dumbarton Scotland Lowland
G15 Loch Lomond (Rhosdhu) Scotland Highland
G16 The Glasgow Distillery Scotland Lowland


CORN Whisky      
CW1 Heaven Hill Distillery USA Kentucky, USA
CW2 Balcones Distillery USA Texas, USA


R1 Port Morant  Jamaica  
R2 Demerara (El Dorado)  Guyana  
R3 Mount Gay  Barbados  
R4 Angostura  Trinidad  
R5 Appleton  Jamaica  
R6 Foursquare Barbados  
R7 Hampden  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  


 B1 Heaven Hill  USA Kentucky, USA
 B2 Bernheim  USA Kentucky, USA
 B3 Rock Town  USA Arkansas, USA
 B4 F.E.W  USA Illinois, USA
 B5 George Dickel USA Tennessee, USA
 B6 Finger Lakes USA New York, USA
 B7 MGP USA Indiana, USA


RYE Whisky      
RW1 F.E.W USA Illinois, USA
RW2 Finger Lakes USA New York, USA
RW3 New York USA New York, USA
RW4 Peerless USA Kentucky, USA
RW5 MGP USA Indiana, USA
RW6 Kyro Finland
RW7 Journeyman Farm USA Michigan, USA


GN1 Makar ~ The Glasgow Distillery Company   Scotland
GN2 Strathearn   Scotland
GN3 The Borders    Scotland
GN4 Boatyard    Northern Ireland
GN5 Glenrinnes    Scotland
GN6 Holyrood   Scotland
GN7 Cotswolds   England

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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33 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 @ – 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

  26. David Tjeder says:

    145 is Smögen distillery,, 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?

  29. Andy says:

    CW2 – Balcones in Texas USA

  30. Nicola Young says:

    Thanks Andy, added now 🙂

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