The Scotch Malt Whisky Society now in India

By: Team FMW

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), the world’s leading specialist in single cask, single malt whiskies, has established a chapter in India. The society is a members-only club established in 1983 that bottles the world’s widest selection of exceptional and rare single cask, single malts whiskies at Cask strengths from around the world.

SMWS has become the most respected whisky society with a presence in 19 countries with over 26,000 members.  The Association has completed 30 years of bottling whiskies, which are extraordinary and of excellent quality. With access to 129 distilleries, Scotch Whisky enthusiasts can savour an incredible range of whiskies that capture rarity and perfection!

The India chapter of SMWS will engage whisky enthusiast initially in Mumbai and Pune, and thereafter expand its presence across the country to cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Chandigarh to involve the whisky aficionados’.

SMWS will present approximately 10-16 whiskies every quarter to their members. Society whiskies are not commercially available to the general public; they are only available at partner venues, to members only.

Indigo at Colaba, recently ranked #28 on San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, is one of the partner restaurants in the city for SMWS the designated ‘Society Home’ in Mumbai, for members to enjoy the whiskies. Indigo will host monthly promotions revolving around whisky flights to attract even non-members to try the whiskies by the dram.

The membership to the club is at a commercial fee and valid not just in India but across the 19 countries.Membership of the SMWS allows members to access the entire network of the society as well as its entire bottling list. Members get an opportunity to purchase the finest and widest selection of single cask single malt whiskies. These whiskies are carefully selected and bottled from individual casks. The whisky is pure, undiluted, and each bottle is drawn directly from a single cask. Each cask only yields a few hundred bottles – once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.The members will also receive regular information about new whiskies and invitations to events. They will also getsubscription to ‘Unfiltered’, the award-winning magazine of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Known to attract curious and discerning whisky lovers in other parts of the globe, Paul Miles, Managing Director, SMWS commented,“We have already secured interest in membership from Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and a lot more are expected to join post launch our society in other cities of India. We aim to accept 400-500 members in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bangalore this year.

Guest who attended the Launch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Indigo

Anil Chopra at the Launch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Indigo
Arjun Khanna and Wife
Nisha Jamval


Paul Miles and Rahul Akerkar at the launch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Dilip Dey