What Affects The Price Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society

 

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The History Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is a highly exclusive club for members and independent bottler that was first formed by some friends in 1983 in the Scottish capital, the group purchases and bottles whiskies from over 125 distilleries around the world and then sells them on to members. Ben Tindall, an architect, W Gordon Smith, a writer, David Alison, a contractor, Russel Hunter, an actor and Philip ‘Pip’ Hills, a tax accountant started it all.

Philip Hills was already a scotch enthusiast and spent much of his free time travelling the country and tasting at different distilleries. The first purchase they made was a Glenfarclas cask that they occasionally drew bottles from to share among themselves. A short time later the noted Vaults building became available and the friends officially set up the SMWS and the first bottling commenced, appropriately numbered as 1.1 from the Glenfarclas – a sherry cask – was released. After which the society released bottles every month until their expansion.

Although Hills left the society in 1995, it continued as a private organisation. In 1996 it introduced a private share scheme that used the funds raised to purchase another member’s club, this time in London at Greville Street. It then opened a third base in Edinburgh, along Queen Street. However, this was subsequently purchased by Glenmorangie on the same year.

For its 25th anniversary the society made some striking changes, to both the label and the shape of the bottle. Then, further changes were made to their bottles for new releases during 2017 and onwards so that the styles of the whiskies were better emphasised.

There is no argument that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is one of the most influential bottlers with regard to the popularity for single malts, not just throughout the UK, but around the world. They are noted as being one of the first to really promote the idea of single casks and bottling malts at cask strength.

Glenmorangie Plc purchased SMWS in 2004 and it later passed to private investors in 2015.

What To Look For

Sell Scotch Malt Whisky Society Whisky (SMWS) Online

It is difficult to find details regarding many of the early bottlings from the SMWS as they did not keep record, but approximately 4,000 bottles have been produced since 1983. However, despite their name, they did not just focus on Scotch whisky but later moved into the bottling of Irish and Japanese whiskies.

All bottles produced by the SMWS are numbered according to their distillery and bottle number, hence the first bottle produced was 1.1 (Glenfarclas was distillery number one). Each distillery has its own code, which you can find in the list below. Initially bottle numbers were handwritten in red ink, as with the date of distillation, bottling and ABV.

A bottle of SMWS Brora 1976 61.1 recently sold for £6,001. You will notice from the list that 61 is Brora’s distillery code, so this was the first whisky bottled at this destination.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

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We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky?

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Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Have you ever wondered what your bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky is worth?

Use this guide to find out more or get in touch using the form below for a free valuation.

The History Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is a highly exclusive club for members and independent bottler that was first formed by some friends in 1983 in the Scottish capital, the group purchases and bottles whiskies from over 125 distilleries around the world and then sells them on to members. Ben Tindall, an architect, W Gordon Smith, a writer, David Alison, a contractor, Russel Hunter, an actor and Philip ‘Pip’ Hills, a tax accountant started it all.

Philip Hills was already a scotch enthusiast and spent much of his free time travelling the country and tasting at different distilleries. The first purchase they made was a Glenfarclas cask that they occasionally drew bottles from to share among themselves. A short time later the noted Vaults building became available and the friends officially set up the SMWS and the first bottling commenced, appropriately numbered as 1.1 from the Glenfarclas – a sherry cask – was released. After which the society released bottles every month until their expansion.

Although Hills left the society in 1995, it continued as a private organisation. In 1996 it introduced a private share scheme that used the funds raised to purchase another member’s club, this time in London at Greville Street. It then opened a third base in Edinburgh, along Queen Street. However, this was subsequently purchased by Glenmorangie on the same year.

For its 25th anniversary the society made some striking changes, to both the label and the shape of the bottle. Then, further changes were made to their bottles for new releases during 2017 and onwards so that the styles of the whiskies were better emphasised.

There is no argument that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is one of the most influential bottlers with regard to the popularity for single malts, not just throughout the UK, but around the world. They are noted as being one of the first to really promote the idea of single casks and bottling malts at cask strength.

Glenmorangie Plc purchased SMWS in 2004 and it later passed to private investors in 2015.

Mark Littler Ltd specialise in the valuation and sale of bottles of whisky and can help you get the best price for your bottle. Contact us for a free valuation using the form below, and read on for more information on your bottle.

Free Valuation Request

Bottle Valuation Form Mini
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Please upload a photo of your bottle standing upright
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What To Look For

Sell Scotch Malt Whisky Society Whisky (SMWS) Online

It is difficult to find details regarding many of the early bottlings from the SMWS as they did not keep record, but approximately 4,000 bottles have been produced since 1983. However, despite their name, they did not just focus on Scotch whisky but later moved into the bottling of Irish and Japanese whiskies.

All bottles produced by the SMWS are numbered according to their distillery and bottle number, hence the first bottle produced was 1.1 (Glenfarclas was distillery number one). Each distillery has its own code, which you can find in the list below. Initially bottle numbers were handwritten in red ink, as with the date of distillation, bottling and ABV.

A bottle of SMWS Brora 1976 61.1 recently sold for £6,001. You will notice from the list that 61 is Brora’s distillery code, so this was the first whisky bottled at this destination.

The Six Factors That Affect The Price Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society Whisky

There are six factors that will affect the price of your bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky. These are the age of the whisky, the bottling date, the vintage, whether it is a single cask edition, the level of the whisky and the condition of the label and box.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Age of Whisky

This refers to the number of years the whisky has spent maturing in the cask, not how long it has been in the bottle. The age is indicated on the label and can vary from 5 to over 30 years old.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Bottling Date

This relates to when the whisky was bottled. As bottles from a specific year are consumed, the remaining bottles become rarer, so a ‘standard’ malt released in the 1980’s can become sought after.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Distillation Year

The distillation year refers to the specific year in which the whisky was distilled (made).  It is one of the most important factors that can impact the price of your bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Label & Packaging

The label on a bottle of Scotch Malt Whisky Society is very important and if it is damaged in any way then this will have a negative impact on the value. A bottle without its original box could be worth up to 30% less.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Level

The level of the whisky has a large impact on the value. It should be into the neck (the narrow part). As alcohol is more volatile than water it is the alcohol that will evaporate first, which damages the flavour.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Value

Single Cask Bottlings

Single cask bottlings are generally more sought after, as by default they are unique. Look out for numbers on your bottle like XXX/250, which would indicate a single cask edition. 

The Process of Selling Your Bottle Of Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The process to get a no-obligation quote for your bottle of whisky is easy.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your bottle directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your bottle. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

What is the price of your Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky?

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can.

Bottle Valuation Form
Images Of Your Bottle (stood upright ideally)
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Bottle Selling FAQ

Asset 4
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Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark has been very helpful in helping me sell a bottle of whisky which was given to my father many years ago. He was very professional and was always quick to reply to my questions. Not knowing anything about whisky, Mark was there to offer some good advice and I believe he is very knowledgeable about his work. The sale was done very [quickly], and the money was in my bank account the next day. I would highly recommend his services.”

Kim Hendrickx, via Google

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google