About the Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a club unlike any other. As well as being a place to connect with other like-minded whisky lovers, we are also internationally renowned for our mission: to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world's widest collection of single cask whiskies.
The roots of the SMWS can be traced back to the late 1970s. A malt whisky enthusiast named Pip Hills drove north from Edinburgh in his Lagonda to purchase a cask of single malt Scotch whisky directly from a distillery. The cask was transported back to Edinburgh in the back of the Lagonda.
The cask strength single cask whisky Pip shared with his friends back in Edinburgh was such a revelation that they clubbed together to buy another single cask, and then another… It wasn’t long before Pip and his friends set up the Society to share their passion for single cask whisky. Over 30 years on, their legacy continues as Society whisky is still only ever bottled from single casks.