Exhibition of Scotch Whisky At Scottish Parliament

Whisky Scottish ParliamentA scotch whisky exhibition is to be held in the Scottish Parliament as a celebration of Scotland’s National drink.

The aim is to give the visitor an guide into the production of whisky through all its stages from field and stream to bottle so people can appreciate just how much work goes into it all.

The free exhibition will also include a range of photographs and items collected from whisky makers and from fans of the drink. These include postcards (some very rare), bottles, films from the archives, some recipes and of course a distillery, albeit on a small scale.

Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass is being staged by the Scotch Whisky Association and will also demonstrate the efforts being made to protect the brand now and over the last hundred or so years. The Association is doing this as part of its centenary celebrations.

An exhibition like this of course would not be complete without hearing from the people involved in the process itself. Special recordings will be available of maltsters, coopers, distillers, blenders and all the other associated trades of the industry, including the marketing and business side. In these they will explain every aspect of their skilled trades.

Speaking to the Scotsman Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said:

“Everyone, from whisky aficionados to novices will learn something new from the Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass exhibition.
“Scotch whisky’s rich past is showcased, highlighting its position as an iconic Scottish product and demonstrating how vital Scotch is to the country’s economy and society throughout history and now.
“Last year, exports reached a record £4.23 billion last year and the industry directly employs more than 10,000 across Scotland. For the last 100 years, we have been committed to promoting and protecting Scotch whisky . We plan to do so for the next 100 years and beyond.”

This sounds like an excellent visitors attraction and it will run from Thursday November 29th to Friday January 25th, except for a period over the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Unfortunately we will not be able to get up to Edinburgh to see it for ourselves but if you are in the area why not take a look and tell us what it was like.

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