Whisky's cultural connections

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Rob Allanson
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Whisky's cultural connections

Postby Rob Allanson » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:24 pm

The Scotch Whisky Association has been working with the National Archives of Scotland to organise an exhibition of the archives' rich collection of materials related to whisky.
The free exhibition 'From the Vaults: Whisky & the Scots' will run from 7 May-26 June in West Register House on Charlotte Square in central Edinburgh and is part of the Homecoming Scotland 'Whisky Month' celebrations.
For the first time in a generation, the famous 1494 Exchequer Rolls will be on public display. The Rolls are of course historically very important to the industry because they are the first written record of distilling in Scotland. They record King James IV of Scotland granting Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey 'eight bolls of malt wherewith to make aquavitae'.
The exhibition will also, for example, display 18th century materials related to Robert Burns' work as an exciseman and a range of specially loaned objects from distillers' archives.
An SWA spokesman said: "Scotch Whisky is inextricably linked to Scotland's culture and heritage. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about whisky's colourful history through rarely seen treasures from both the National Archives and distillers' own archives."

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