Scotch Malt Whisky Society distillery numbers

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I aim to make this a thorough list of distillery numbers. There are dozens of other lists out there, but frequently they're incomplete. If you have a correction, please send it to me!

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FAQ

Why does the SMWS only identify scotches by number? That's a part of their agreement with each distillery - they agree to not overtly identify the source distillery (though their descriptions give very strong hints at who it is). At least this is what they say - you can go to the SMWS UK's website and get lists of bottles by distillery name. Perhaps the number system was an old agreement that has since changed, who knows. The general story is that distillers don't want their brands tied to the SMWS releases because the SMWS release may not be characteristic of that brand's normal taste profiles. You shouldn't expect a Lagavulin from SMWS to taste like the Lagavulin you get at your local liquor store, and vice versa.

What do the numbers mean? 5.19 means that the bottle is from the 19th cask from distillery 5. In this case, it would be from Auchentoshan.

Why can't I find X in the SMWS' current catalog? The SMWS doesn't have offerings from every distillery available all the time. Some of the distilleries listed may never see the light of day in the SMWS catalog again. And if you're in the US, the US SMWS affiliate has a much, much more limited selection than the UK does. This is just a guide to what the numbers are, not what you can order at any time.

Are you affiliated with the SMWS? No. I put this together without any direct help from the SMWS. They can't be held responsible for any of the information I have listed here. There may also be mistakes in here - please let me know if you find any.

Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, Japanese whiskey


SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
1              Glenfarclas                
2              Glenlivet	
3	       Bowmore	
4	       Highland Park	
5	       Auchentoshan	
6	       MacDuff (Glen Deveron)
7	       Longmorn	
8	       Tamdhu	
9	       Glen Grant	
10	       Bunnahabhain	
11	       Tomatin	
12	       Benriach	
13	       Dalmore	
14	       Talisker	
15	       Glenfiddich	
16	       Glenturret	
17	       Scapa	                  Reopened              Reopened for seasonal operations
18	       Inchgower	
19	       Glen Garioch	
20	       Inverleven	          Demolished 1991       Distilled 1938-1991 at Dumbarton
21	       Glenglassaugh	          Reopened
22	       Glenkinchie	
23	       Bruichladdich	
24	       Macallan	
25	       Rosebank	                  Closed 1993
26	       Clynelish	
27	       Springbank	
28	       Tullibardine	
29	       Laphroaig	
30	       Glenrothes	
31	       Isle of Jura	
32	       Edradour	
33	       Ardbeg	
34	       Tamnavulin	
35	       Glen Moray	
36	       Benrinnes	
37	       Cragganmore	
38	       Caperdonich	
39	       Linkwood	
40	       Balvenie	
41	       Dailuaine		
42	       Tobermory (Ledaig)	
43	       Port Ellen	          Closed 1983            Only maltings
44	       Craigellachie	
45	       Dallas Dhu	          Closed 1983
46	       Glenlossie	
47	       Benromach	
48	       Balmenach	
49	       St Magdalene / Linlithgow  Demolished 1983
50	       Bladnoch	
51	       Bushmills	                                 Irish
52	       Pulteney	
53	       Caol Ila	
54	       Aberlour	
55	       Royal Brackla	          Closed
56	       Coleburn	                  Closed 1983
57	       Glen Mhor	          Demolished 1983
58	       Strathisla	
59	       Teaninich	
60	       Aberfeldy	
61	       Brora	                  Closed 1983
62	       Glenlochy	          Closed 1983
63	       Glentauchers	
64	       Mannochmore	          Closed 1995
65	       Imperial	                  Mothballed 1998
66	       Ardmore	
67	       Banff	                  Closed 1983
68	       Blair Athol	
69	       Glen Albyn	          Closed 1983
70	       Balblair	
71	       Glenburgie                 Closed	
72	       Miltonduff	          Closed
73	       Aultmore	
74	       North Port                 Closed 1983	
75	       Glenury Royal              Closed 1985	
76	       Mortlach	
77	       Glen Ord	/ Glenordie
78	       Ben Nevis	
79	       Deanston	
80	       Glen Spey	
81	       Glen Keith	
82	       Glencadam	          Mothballed 2000       Reopening soon
83	       Convalmore	          Closed 1985
84	       Glendullan	
85	       Glen Elgin	
86	       Glenesk	/ Hillside        Closed 1985           Only maltings
87	       Millburn	                  Demolished 1985
88	       Speyburn	
89	       Tomintoul	
90	       Pittyvaich	          Mothballed 1993
91	       Dufftown	
92	       Lochside	                  Closed 1992
93	       Glen Scotia	          Reopened
94	       Fettercairn	
95	       Auchroisk (The Singleton)
96	       Glendronach	
97	       Littlemill	          Closed 1994
98	       Loch Lomond (Interleven)	                        Distilled 1956-1985 using Lomond stills
99	       Glenugie	                  Closed 1983
100	       Strathmill	
101	       Knockando	
102	       Dalwhinnie	
103	       Lochnagar	
104	       Glenburgie (Glencraig)	  Closed 1981           Distilled using Lomond stills 1958-1981
105	       Tormore	
106	       Cardhu	
107	       Glenallachie	
108 	       Allt-a-Bhainne	
109	       Miltonduff (Mosstowie)	  Closed 1981           Distilled using Lomond stills 1964-1981
110	       Oban	
111	       Lagavulin	
112	       Loch Lomond (Inchmurrin)	
113	       Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet)	
114	       Springbank (Longrow)	
115	       Knockdhu (An Cnoc)	
116	       Nikka / Yoichi	                                Japanese
117	       Cooley (Tyrconnell)	                        Ireland, unpeated
118	       Cooley (Connemara)                               Ireland, peated
119	       Suntory (Yamazaki)	                        Japanese
120	       Suntory (Hakushu)	                        Japanese
121	       Arran	                  Opened 1995
122	       Loch Lomond (Croftengea)	
123	       Glengoyne	
124	       Honshu / Miyagikyo                               Japanese
125	       Glenmorangie
126	       Springbank (Hazelburn)
127            Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte)
128            Penderyn
129            Kilchoman
130            Chichibu                                         Japanese
131            Hanyu                                            Japanese
132            Karuizawa                  Closed 2011           Japanese

Bourbon

SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
B1             Heaven Hill
B2	       Bernheim (HH)                                                
B3             Rock Town                                        Arkansas
B4             Heaven Hill
B5             Heaven Hill
B6             Heaven Hill	
B7	       Heaven Hill	
B8	       Heaven Hill	
B9             Heaven Hill
B10	       Heaven Hill	
B11            Heaven Hill
B12            Heaven Hill
B13	       Bernheim	(HH)

Grain

SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
G1	       North British	
G2	       Carsebrisge                Closed 1983           Dismantled in 1992
G3             Caledonian                 Closed 1988           Torn down
G4             Cameron Bridge                                   Major renovations in 1989, 2000
G5             Invergordon
G6             Port Dundas
G7             Girvan
G8             Cambus
G9             Lock Lomond
G10            Strathclyde
G11            Nikka                                            Japanese, Coffey Grain
G12            Nikka                                            Japanese, Coffey Malt
G13            Chita                                            Japanese
G14            Dumbarton

Rum

SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
R1             Port Morant                                      Guyana
R2             Port Morant                                      Guyana
R3
R4             Trinidad                                         Laventile, Trinidad and Tobago
R5             Trinidad                                         Laventile, Trinidad and Tobago

Cider

SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
Cider          Somerset                                         Apple brandy, made in UK.

Armagnac

SMWS Number    Distillery                 Status                Comments
Arm            Gascony                                          Unknown if this is just the region or also the name of the distillery.
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