A Unique Blend

Museums and whisky might at first seem like a strange mix but King’s Museum and the University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society teamed up to create a unique way of combining our extensive collections with an extensive range of whiskies.

The society enjoy a whisky tasting in King's Museum

The society enjoy a whisky tasting in King’s Museum

The tasting arranged by the society was to offer a range of whiskies, not just from the extensive selection that Scotland has to offer but also international whiskies. Our Museum collections hold many artefacts from the North East of Scotland that complement the areas whisky history but also have an extensive collection of ethnographical objects from around the world. It was a perfect match.

Museum objects on display for the society to view and handle

Museum objects on display for the society to view and handle

The whiskies on offer included an AnCnoc 12 year old, Balvenie Caribbean Cask, Scapa 2001 by Gordon & MacPhail and Hakushu Distillers Reserve. The objects chosen to complement the whiskies were an excise man’s sword, silver quaich, witch stone, toddy ladle and flask from Scotland and an Okimono figure from Japan. The society described the whisky and the history of each distillery and staff from the museum described each object and its relationship to the area represented by the whisky. The night was a great success for all involved. We look forward to exploring our collections further with the University of Aberdeen Malt Whisky Society.

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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