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What do the Scotch Malt Whisky Society distillery numbers and label colours mean?

Posted On: 20 May 2020   |   Posted By: Scotsman

Members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be familiar with the dark green bottles, coloured labels and distillery numbers - but do you know what they mean?
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been a club for whisky fans since the 80s, which offers members access to single cask whiskies.
Set up by Pip Hills, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society was born at a time when a single cask or single malt was not on-trend. In fact the entire industry was on its knees in a recession - a downturn that wouldn't change path until recent years.
But since that time the SMWS has become a popular social club with bars and members worldwide - and a huge range of whiskies to be sampled. But do you know what the label colours and numbers mean?
The SMWS master brand ambassador, John McCheyne, spoke recently on our podcast Scran , about the society history and the meaning behind the label number and colours.
SMWS history
“Our society started in 1983 in the teeth of a whisky recession,” says John. “There was a whole...

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