Your Questions Answered
What is The Scotch Malt Whisky Society?
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s leading whisky club, connecting enthusiasts all around the world to collectively discover the most remarkable spirits from Scotland and beyond.
Do I need a membership to purchase whisky?
Society spirits are available exclusively to members. To become a member of the Society, please visit our Join Page.
Is it possible to taste the whisky prior to purchasing?
Yes! Visit our Events Page for a list of all upcoming tasting events.
I forgot my password/need to update my account email- how can I reset?
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help reset your password or change your email on file.
I have an old bottle I wish to know the tasting notes on - where can I find them?
- Find the search bar on our site and enter the bottle code number. All bottles we’ve carried from November 2016 - present will be searchable via site.
- Any bottles carried prior to that date in the American branch will appear in our Tasting Notes Archive.
- Still not finding what you are looking for? Email email@example.com.
Do you offer a reward for referring new members?
Yes, as an active member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society you are eligible for $25 gift card per referred first-time member to use in our shop. Have them enter your name in the 'Notes' section at check out and a gift card will be sent your way after we validate the order. You can also have them call us at 646-844-1154.
What are the benefits of membership?
Society members enjoy access to the world’s most remarkable selection of single cask whisky. Through unforgettable tasting events, Members’ Rooms across the globe, and digital gatherings, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will elevate your knowledge and appreciation for whisky!
What does it cost to become a member?
We currently offer memberships for $99 or discounted memberships with a whisky product. For more information, please visit our Join Page.
Is my membership recurring or one year only?
As of April 26th, 2020, new memberships and renewals placed online are recurrring annually.
Any memberships purchased prior to April 26th, 2020 are non-recurring.
Gift memberships are one year only. The gift recipient will be given the option to renew at the end of their gifted year.
How do I cancel autorenewal?
You may cancel autorenewal anytime ahead of your renewal date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 646-844-1154.
Will canceling autorenewal affect my membership?
I’ve lost my Member ID Card, can I get a new one?
Of course! To request a new ID Card, please send an email to email@example.com.
How often are new products released?
All the time! Our monthly outturn is released the first week of every month with additional special bottles made available every 1-2 weeks.
Will I automatically receive bottle(s) every month?
As a member of the Society, you are welcome to purchase bottles at your leisure. If you are interested in automatically receiving a pre-selected bottle every month, our Bottle of the Month may be the right fit for you! For more information, please give us a call at (646) 844-1154.
How long will it take for my order to arrive?
**Please note during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may take up to 3 business days for the warehouse to process your order and your local courier services may also have been affected. For more information regarding shipping, or for any specific requests, please call us at (646) 844-1154.**
Can I use a PO Box for my shipping address?
All shipments must be delivered to an address at which an adult can sign for the package, so no.
As a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, can I purchase bottles from branches in other countries?
Once your membership can be validated with your “home branch,” you can purchase from other branches if you have a shipping address within that branch’s shipping region. If you meet these requirements, and would like to inquire about arrangements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is single cask whisky?
Whisky that bears the name “single cask whisky” is sourced only from a single cask and not blended with any other prior to bottling.
Why isn’t the distillery named on the bottle?
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has historically bottled using this coding system. We aim to provide an experience for our members to enjoy the whisky as it uniquely is in the glass - not for the origin of its distillate.
Who comes up with the names and descriptions?
Each of our single cask whiskies must pass the uncompromising noses of our expert Tasting Panel – a secretive group of independent whisky connoisseurs – before being deemed worthy of an iconic Society green bottle. The selection criteria are simple: quality and interest. All of the Tasting Panel’s work is performed with no information on age, origin or cask type, to ensure Society whiskies are always bottled when they are ready.
Are all Society spirits naturally-coloured and non-chillfiltered?
All our whiskies are naturally coloured, bottled at cask strength and are not subjected to chill filtration or any other interference. This allows to enjoy their whisky straight from the cask. The net result aims to reflect the remarkable variety in the craft of distillation, as well as the infinite complexities of wood, spirit and time, which can only be uncovered in a single cask bottling.
How often do you host tasting events?
Tasting events are regularly hosting across the US. To see the full list of upcoming events, please visit our Events page.
What is the cost to attend a tasting event?
The cost of events can vary depending on the venue and selection of spirits provided. For more information please visit our Events page.
Can I bring a non-member guest to a tasting event?
Yes, we welcome it! Our tasting events are open to members and non-members alike. However, members get discounted tickets and only members are eligible to purchase our spirits.
Does The Scotch Malt Whisky Society offer services for private tasting events?
Yes, our team provides guided tastings for corporate and private events. For more information regarding rates and availability, please contact our team at email@example.com.
Where are the Society Member’s Rooms located?
There are 4 Society Member’s Rooms located in Edinburgh and London. For more information please visit our Members’ Rooms page.
Is there a venue in the US?
We do not have private Member’s Rooms here in the US. However, several bars across the country offer a selection of our spirits. For more information please visit Where To Find Us.
Do I need my member card to access the Members’ Rooms?
Yes, all members are required to present their Member ID card upon arrival. If you would like to order a replacement ID card, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are not required to access the Members’ Rooms but are necessary to dine at our restaurant at 28 Queen St. Please visit our Members’ Rooms page for more information.
Can I bring non-member guests with me?
Yes! We encourage all members to share their Society whisky experience with their friends. Members are allowed to bring up to three (3) non-member guests at any given time.