Frequently Asked Questions

When and how to buy shares?

You can now buy shares. If you would like to take part in the Shareholder Benefits Programme, they need to be held in the Artisanal Spirits Company CSN.

TELEPHONE: Members wishing to purchase shares may do so over the telephone via Link’s call centre on 0371 664 0445. We have negotiated a special rate so that all trades can be done for a minimum fee of £25 (vs the standard LINK rate of £49.50).
Anyone who purchases their shares through a different broker or platform, will need to transfer their shares into the nominee account to take advantage of the benefits. They can do so by contacting the Link CSN team via email so the relevant documents can be issued to them.

ENQUIRIES: For general queries members can email or alternatively speak to their call centre on 0371 664 0445.

Can I have a list of my shareholder benefits?

See ASC web link here: Shareholder Benefit Programme – Artisanal Spirits (

  • If you were allocated 1000 shares or over on floatation, you will receive a Complimentary Commemorative ASC 17-year-old single malt Scotch whisky worth £90.
  • Half price annual membership renewal of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, for the duration of your qualifying investment, including access to Member content, events, entertainment and Members’ Rooms.
  • Voucher credits to spend in ASC’s Members’ Rooms or online at

  • Access to limited promotional offers for J.G. Thomson & Co. spirits.

  • Exclusive Annual Shareholders’ Bottle. Each year commencing in 2022, ASC will release a special edition whisky to purchase, exclusively available to Shareholders via pre-release registration.
  • Operation of the Shareholder Benefits Scheme will be subject to annual review and at the discretion of the Board of ASC.

Note: you must be an active member of the SMWS to be eligible for the Shareholder Benefits Programme, on 1st September 2021, as well as holding minimum of 1000 shares, held in the ASC CSN.

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When and how can I use the 50% shareholder discount on my membership renewal?

The renewal benefit kicks in on your renewal date.

If your renewal dates fall between now and 31st August, and you are a current sharedholder and member, please contact our Member Services Team.

When do I get my free shareholder bottle?

The Shareholder Benefits Programme officially commences on 1st September 2021. This is related to the terms and conditions and the qualifying criteria. As such, you will shortly receive a welcome to the programme as an indication of what will happen when, after the programme commences from 1st September.

In relation to the Commemorative Bottle, you will receive this after the 1st of September. We are preparing and producing your special commemorative bottle for you now.

When and how can I buy shareholder special releases and what are they?

Now that we have a view of how many people are taking part in the Shareholder Benefits Programme for the first year – we are starting to plan special editions and special releases for our Shareholder Benefits Programme. We will provide more information of what you can expect to see when the programme officially starts, later this summer. You can be sure that we are seeking out delicious flavours and intriguing whiskies for you to enjoy.

Why do shares need to be held in the CSN?

To ensure that we can verify that the benefits are solely available for members of the SMWS and that the holdings can be cross checked against our database