THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY

The SMWS is the world’s largest whisky club. Since we were formed in 1983, we’ve believed in doing things differently. As unconventional whisky experts we seek out whisky in its purest form, prize flavour above everything else and give each bottling a curious name. We’re united and constant in our passion – to share the world’s best whiskies, to bring them to life, and to make you proud to belong to the world’s most entertaining whisky club.

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We’re bringing together Society members from across Europe as we host our second Virtual Tasting, streamed live from the Ardshiel Hotel at the Campbeltown Malts festival. John McCheyne will be joined by his glamourous assistant Matt Bailey – all the way from our Australian branch – to host a tasting of five exclusive festival bottlings from Speyside, Islay and, of course, Campbeltown.

Join in on the festival celebrations at home, buy our Festival Discovery Pack and tune into the tasting. Or better still, gather friends at home and hold your own event. We’ll be streaming live on our Facebook page on the night and posting videos to follow along with afterwards.

Join our Flavour Hunters Festival at home with our virtual tasting event – the grand finale of what is sure to be an outstanding month of whisky discovery. We’ll taste and explore five festival bottles from this year’s Rare Releases.

Simply purchase our Flavour Hunters virtual tasting pack (UK shop EU shop – only available to members) and join us online for some festival frolics. We’ll be live on the SMWS UK Facebook page or on SMWSSilverscreen, our YouTube channel on Tuesday 31 May, 8pm (UK Time).

FLAVOUR HUNTERS GLOBAL VIRTUAL TASTING EVENT

FACEBOOK LIVESTREAMYOUTUBE LIVESTREAM

Livestream starts 8pm, Tuesday 31 May – save the date!

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MEMBERSHIP + FESTIVAL TASTING PACK FOR £89 / €99

SMWS Membership allow you access to:

  • Monthly releases of new and unique bottlings 
  • Online themed events with like-minded enthusiasts 
  • Indulgent tutored tastings and fun whisky experiences 
  • Access to limited edition single casks from 150 distilleries 
  • Our Unfiltered magazine subscription 
  • Our sumptuous SMWS venues as well as our partner venues around the world.

And for just £89/99 you can enjoy our Flavour Hunters Festival Pack and virtual tasting alongside your membership. 

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DISCOVER THE THRILL OF THE TASTE

Become a SMWS member and enjoy our exclusive May offer – one year’s membership to the world’s most entertaining whisky club AND our Flavour Hunters Festival Pack and virtual tasting, with five Rare Releases from across the whisky regions (see above).

Flavour Hunters Global Virtual Tasting Event
Don’t forget, we’ll be live on the SMWS UK Facebook page or on SMWSSilverscreen (our YouTube channel) on Tuesday 31 May, 8pm BST.

DISCOVER THE THRILL OF THE TASTE

This May we’re following our noses to hunt down an incredible range of flavours – and the associations they bring – across Scotland’s whisky regions.

SCOTTISH WHISKY FESTIVALS

ISLAY ( Fri 27 May Sat 4 June ) 

Fri 27 May 
FLAVOUR HUNTERS FESTIVAL FINALE 
Download Islay Festival Programme PDF for full details.

From 1:00pm till late  Islay House Open Day (Free entry)

From 1:00pm  Whisky Bar (drams available) 

From 4:00pm  BBQ

2:30pm to 4:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm  Islay House Games (2 sessions)

2:00pm to 3:00pm (Tickets £35.00)

Flavour Hunter Exploration:
Festival Rare Releases 

6:30pm to 7:30pm (Tickets £50.00)
SMWS Masterclasses – Memorable
Malts: Old & Rare 

Wed 1 June

1:00pm to 3:00pm (Free entry / informal drop-in)
SMWS Pop-up – Flavour Hunter Session 


Come join us on our flavour hunt during whisky festival month where we’ll either be attending or hosting the following events.

LOWLAND 2-8 May )

A celebration of an understated region at our Edinburgh and Glasgow Members’ Room with some of our Lowland friends.

Sat 7 May
National Whisky Festival, Glasgow SWG3

We’re taking over the Poetry Club at the National Whisky Festival in Glasgow's SWG3 venue where you can sample all 6 of our 2022 May festival Rare Release bottlings – alongside our world's first memory boxes. (Scroll down to read more about our Rare Releases.)

SMWS Venues

See what’s on at the Glasgow Members’ Rooms
The Vaults and 28 Queen Street.

HIGHLAND  9-15 May )

Sadly, not happening this year – but we’re keeping the spirit alive with our rare Festival Bottling (see announcement below). 

14-15 May

Lyon Whisky Festival

www.lyonwhiskyfestival.fr

Our international branch team members will be attending festivals around Europe during May, so if you’re visiting, come say hello and meet the team.

14-15 May

London Whisky Weekender

www.thewhiskylounge.com

21-22 May

Toulouse Whisky Festival

www.toulousewhiskyfestival.com

INTERNATIONAL WHISKY FESTIVALS

THE VAULTS

Leith, Edinburgh
The spiritual home of the Society.

28 QUEEN STREET

Central Edinburgh
Contemporary elegance in the heart of the city. 

40 BATH STREET

Central Glasgow
Modern and stylish with a Glasgow twist.

Check out what’s happening in our Member’s Rooms and partner bars.

GREVILLE STREET

Hatton Garden, London
Relaxed surroundings in the City of London.

PARTNER BARS

UK
International 

SMWS VENUES & MEMBERS’ ROOMS

SMWS is taking our passion for flavour to the next level with our very own ‘Rare Releases’ festival bottlings, a series of six small batch single malts carefully crafted by our Spirits Team.

Distillery 36 – Speyside Rare

A REWARD FOR PATIENCE

In celebration of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2022.

Released – Friday 29 April
UK Sold Out  |  EU Sold Out

Distillery 5 – Lowland Rare

LIME AND THYME

In celebration of the Lowland Spirit 2022.

Release Date – Friday 6 May
View UK Release  |  View EU Release

Distillery 19 – Highland Rare

HAZELNUT AND BUBBLEGUM

In celebration of the Highland Whisky Festival 2022.

Release Date – Friday 13 May
View UK Release  |  View EU Release

Distillery 93 – Campbeltown Rare

CHANGES FASTER THAN A CHAMELEON

In celebration of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2022.

Release Date Friday 20 May
UK Preview  |  EU Preview

Distillery 3 – Islay Rare

FRUITY TIME TRAVEL

In celebration of the Islay Whisky Festival 2022.

Release Date – Friday 27 May
UK Preview  |  EU Preview

Distillery 53 – Islay Rare

THROW THE CORK AWAY!

In celebration of the Islay Whisky Festival 2022.

Release Date – Friday 27 May
UK Preview  |  EU Preview

S M W S   R A R E   R E L E A S E S

2022 WHISKY FESTIVAL RANGE

Flavour hunters in the wild
Keep up-to-date with all of our festival coverage on Instagram and Facebook.

SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

REFER A FRIEND & RECEIVE £20 VOUCHER

Members receive a £20 voucher when you refer a friend, and your friend will receive 20% off membership.

(Offer only applicable to members.)

REFER A FRIEND

BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Digging into the story behind our whisky regions

As the Society embraces whisky festival season with six Rare Release bottlings to celebrate each of Scotland’s whisky regions, we wanted to reflect on how we arrived at our current definitions, and what they actually mean.

FESTIVAL HISTORY

How May became Scotland’s biggest whisky month

After two years of largely ‘virtual’ living we are venturing out into the world beyond our laptops and tablets again to embrace live festival experiences. Discover how May has grown to become such a huge whisky month in Scotland. 

PARTNER BARS

Heading to Speyside, Campbeltown 
or Islay? 

If you’re fortunate enough to be travelling to this month’s festivals across Scotland, be sure to visit the Society’s fantastic partner bars for a warm welcome and discounted drams.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

Scroll down to discover how to join the world’s most entertaining whisky club AND receive our Flavour Hunters Festival Tasting Pack.