Categories Whisky SMWS Distillery Codes 25th April 2020Author The Yorkshire Gent If you’re lucky enough to own a bottle (or multiple bottles) of a Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask or are looking at purchasing one via auction, you may be wondering what the numbers on the label mean. Well, we’re here to help! The numbers are SMWS codes. The codes are made up of two parts – the first part being the distillery which produced the spirit and the second part being a reference to the number of releases from that distillery. Using an example to illustrate this, if the bottle in question had the society cask number of 47.3 printed on the label, this would mean that it’s the third bottling from the Benromach distillery. A full list of distillery codes can be found below. About the Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (or SMWS for short) was founded by Pip Hills in Edinburgh back in 1983. It all started when Pip discovered that it was possible to buy casks as a domestic customer directly from distilleries. Although now commonplace, back then this was almost unheard of. He and a few friends clubbed together to buy a quarter cask of a 10 year old Glenfarcas. Before long, Pip was receiving calls asking where people could get hold of some for themselves and the rest is history. The Society went on to source and release many more single cask bottlings and today has an international presence with branches all across the world. For the full story, have a listen to this interview with Pip, it’s a fascinating and lovely account of how the SMWS started. For more information about becoming a SMWS member, visit the membership page of their website. What are Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) Codes? When the Society decided to release their first bottling, Glenfarcas wouldn’t allow them to include the distillery name on the label so instead, they decided to use a coding system. This worked extremely well with the Society being more about the individual flavour profile of a whisky as opposed to the specific distillery or region it came from. When you explore whisky by its characteristics as opposed to the branding on the label, it encourages you to try a more diverse range of Scotch. Full List of SMWS Distilleries So, onto the list. It’s worth mentioning at this point that the codes are subject to change and the data isn’t from the SMWS so should be used for reference only. DistillerySMWS CodeGlenfarcas Distillery1Glenlivet Distillery2Bowmore Distillery3Highland Park Distillery4Auchentoshan Distillery5Glen Deveron (Macduff) Distillery6Longmorn Distillery7Tamdhu Distillery8Glen Grant Distillery9Bunnahabhain Distillery10Tomatin Distillery11Benriach Distillery12Dalmore Distillery13Talisker Distillery14Glenfiddich Distillery15Glenturret Distillery16Scapa Distillery17Inchgower Distillery18Glen Garioch Distillery19Inverleven Distillery20Glenglassaugh Distillery21Glenkinchie Distillery22Bruichladdich Distillery23Macallan Distillery24Rosebank Distillery25Clynelish Distillery26Springbank Distillery27Tullibardine Distillery28Laphroaig Distillery29Glenrothes Distillery30Isle of Jura Distillery31Edradour Distillery32Ardbeg Distillery33Tamnavulin Distillery34Glen Moray Distillery35Benrinnes Distillery36Cragganmore Distillery37Caperdonich Distillery38Linkwood Distillery39Balvenie Distillery40Dailuaine Distillery41Ledaig (Tobermory) Distillery42Port Ellen Distillery43Craigellachie Distillery44Dallas Dhu Distillery45Glenlossie Distillery46Benromach Distillery47Balmenach Distillery48St. Magdalene Distillery49Bladnoch Distillery50Bushmills Distillery51Old Pulteney Distillery52Caol Ila Distillery53Aberlour Distillery54Royal Brackla Distillery55Coleburn Distillery56Glen Mhor Distillery57Strathisla Distillery58Teaninich Distillery59Aberfeldy Distillery60Brora Distillery61Glenlochy Distillery62Glentauchers Distillery63Mannochmore Distillery64Imperial Distillery65Ardmore Distillery66Banff Distillery67Blair Athol Distillery68Glen Albyn Distillery69Balblair Distillery70Glenburgie Distillery71Miltonduff Distillery72Aultmore Distillery73North Port Distillery74Glenury-Royal Distillery75Mortlach Distillery76Glen Ord Distillery77Ben Nevis Distillery78Deanston Distillery79Glen Spey Distillery80Glen Keith Distillery81Glencadam Distillery82Convalmore Distillery83Glendullan Distillery84Glen Elgin Distillery85Glenesk Distillery86Millburn Distillery87Speyburn Distillery88Tomintoul Distillery89Pittyvaich Distillery90Dufftown Distillery91Lochside Distillery92Glen Scotia Distillery93Old Fettercairn Distillery94Auchroisk (Singleton) Distillery95Glendronach Distillery96Littlemill Distillery97Lomond (Inverleven Distillery)98Glenugie Distillery99Strathmill Distillery100Knockando Distillery101Dalwhinnie Distillery102Royal Lochnagar Distillery103Glencraig / Glenburgie Distillery104Tormore Distillery105Cardhu Distillery106Glenallachie Distillery107Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery108Mosstowie (Miltonduff Distillery)109Oban Distillery110Lagavulin Distillery111Loch Lomond Distillery (Inchmurrin)112Braes of Glenlivet / Braeval Distillery113Longrow (Springbank) Distillery114An Cnoc (Knockdhu Distillery)115Yoichi Distillery116Cooley Distillery – unpeated117Cooley Distillery – peated118Yamazaki Distillery119Hakushu Distillery120Isle of Arran Distillery121Croftengea (Loch Lomond Distillery)122Glengoyne Distillery123Miyagikyo Distillery124Glenmorangie Distillery125Hazelburn (Springbank Distillery)126Port Charlotte (Bruichladdich Distillery)127Penderyn Distillery128Kilchoman Distillery129Chichibu Distillery130Hanyu Distillery131Karuizawa Distillery132North British DistilleryG1Carsebridge DistilleryG2Caledonian DistilleryG3Cameronbridge DistilleryG4Invergordon DistilleryG5Port Dundas DistilleryG6Girvan DistilleryG7Cambus DistilleryG8Loch Lomond DistilleryG9Strathclyde DistilleryG10Nikka Distillery Coffey GrainG11Nikka Distillery Coffey MaltG12Chita DistilleryG13Dumbarton DistilleryG14Heaven Hill DistilleryB1Bernheim DistilleryB2Rock Town DistilleryB3 We will do our best to keep this list as up to date as possible.