jim akins

Jim Akins of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC, will speak on tartan, color terms, tartan history and fake tartans. He will also explain why clan tartans don't date “to the mists of time” as many clans claim but to around 1822. The Museum was founded in 1988 to be a reliable resource on tartans, Scottish dress and heritage in the United States as well as Canada. One of the founding purposes of the Tartan Museum is to dispel myths about tartans, which is a constant battle as these myths have been repeated for generations. Jim has served as president of the board of directors and as general manager of the gift shop at the Tartan Museum for 10 years.

Jim Akins

Our tasting will feature a range of Scotches selected to give you a taste of different characters and a healthy dose of fact, history and humor. With any luck, terms like “single malt,” “blended,” “peaty,” and “Speyside” will make perfect sense. We guarantee to make learning fun!

$50 Per Person
Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

jim akins

Jim Akins of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC, will speak on tartan, color terms, tartan history and fake tartans. He will also explain why clan tartans don't date “to the mists of time” as many clans claim but to around 1822. The Museum was founded in 1988 to be a reliable resource on tartans, Scottish dress and heritage in the United States as well as Canada. One of the founding purposes of the Tartan Museum is to dispel myths about tartans, which is a constant battle as these myths have been repeated for generations. Jim has served as president of the board of directors and as general manager of the gift shop at the Tartan Museum for 10 years.

Jim Akins

Just a few helpful hints:

1. Our tastings are informal and may be unlike other events you have attended. The objective is not to sell you a bottle, but to entertain while we give you some insights as we all experience some fine scotches.

2. You may want to take a light repast before you attend. Garlic and spicy foods are discouraged as they may deaden the senses a wee bit. You wouldn’t want that.

3. No children, please, or adults under 21 years of age.

jim akins

Jim Akins of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC, will speak on tartan, color terms, tartan history and fake tartans. He will also explain why clan tartans don't date “to the mists of time” as many clans claim but to around 1822. The Museum was founded in 1988 to be a reliable resource on tartans, Scottish dress and heritage in the United States as well as Canada. One of the founding purposes of the Tartan Museum is to dispel myths about tartans, which is a constant battle as these myths have been repeated for generations. Jim has served as president of the board of directors and as general manager of the gift shop at the Tartan Museum for 10 years.

Jim Akins

The Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is less than 1.5 miles from the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games site. The Heritage Center is providing transportation in their tour buses, which will be available about 30 minutes prior to the tasting times. Board the tour buses in front of the Townsend Visitor’s Center. You will want to board no later than 15 minutes prior to each Seminar. The buses will return to the Festival after each tasting.

The tastings tend to sell out quickly, so get your tickets now. The link to purchase will stop working once the seminars are sold out. Tickets should be printed after purchasing as there will not be a scanning device available at the tastings.