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100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica

 
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100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
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Whisky bottles belonging to the antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, kept on ice for more than 100 years, have been found and retrieved from beneath the explorer's abandoned hut.
Photo: Explorers' century-old whisky found in Antarctic
Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.
(New Zealand Antarctic Heritage)

The three cases of what is now aged scotch and two cases of brandy were left behind when Shackleton ran out of other supplies and gave up his attempt to reach the South Pole in 1909.

The bottles are now being examined by a team of scientists from New Zealand who were surprised to have found so much alcohol still in tact.

Whyte & Mackay, the current owner of MacKinlay distillery which provided Schackleton with his alcohol supplies, launched the expedition by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to recover the scotch.

Now Whyte & Mackay wants to also recover the recipe for Shackleton's scotch.

"After bringing it to room temperature, I plan on pouring it into a glass, swirling it around and letting the liquid reveal the hidden treasures that were captured in the ice for all these years," Richard Paterson, one of the lead blenders for Whyte & Mackay, told ABC News with obvious excitement. He also has other plans for the historic blend.

"If the contents can be confirmed, safely extracted and analyzed, the original blend may be able to be replicated. Given the original recipe no longer exists this may open a door into history," he said.

"We look forward to working with the Trust to try and replicate the whisky for mutual benefit, allow people to taste a true part of history and be part of what must be the whisky story of the century," Paterson said.

Shackleton's Whisky Under Control of Treaty

As of now, the results of the bottle are still under wraps. The New Zealanders have agreed to update Paterson on the possibility of extracting the alcohol from some of the bottles, but the rest will remain with the Trust in observance of the 12 Antarctic Treaty nations guidelines.
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Shackleton who once famously said, "If I had not some strength of will I would make a first class drunkard," failed on his attempt to reach the South Pole, which began with 25 crates of booze. His Nimrod Expedition ran short of supplies on its long ski trek to the South Pole from the northern Antarctic coast in 1907-1909 and turned back about 100 miles (160 kilometers) short of its goal.

The expedition sailed away in 1909 as winter ice formed, leaving behind supplies, including the whisky and brandy.

"We thought there were two crates possibly containing whisky under the 1908 building. To our amazement we found five crates, three labeled as containing whisky and two labeled as containing brandy," team leader Al Fastier said in a statement today.
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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
I've got my fingers crossed and my checkbook ready.
In ten years we'll look back on this moment, laugh nervously, and quickly change the subject.
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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
Wow I bet that is some good shit!

My Nabor gave me 38yr bottle of 90proof Rebel Yell sourmash

Man that stuff is so good and smooth and probably was rut gut stuff back then but tasty now!

12 bucks for a Half gallon sticker still there!
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Fuckin' A!

Ol' Shack made the right choice, between prime Scotch, and expeditionary supplies!

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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
Way back in the days when whisky was actually made from grains instead of sugar with flavorings added
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I wonder if whisky made in the traditional way from fermented grains has more toxins in it from various molds that grow on grain.
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I wonder if whisky made in the traditional way from fermented grains has more toxins in it from various molds that grow on grain.
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LSD Man! it's in there!
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Five crates of whisky and two of brandy, dated from over one century, found in the Antarctic

6 February 2010 | 15:09 | FOCUS News Agency

London. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Itar-Taas reported.

Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles “given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved.”

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team leader Al Fastier said the team thought there were two crates and were amazed to find five.

Current distillery owner, drinks group Whyte & Mackay, launched the bid to recover the Scotch whisky for samples to test and decide whether to relaunch the defunct spirit made by distiller McKinlay and Co.
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Five crates of whisky and two of brandy, dated from over one century, found in the Antarctic

6 February 2010 | 15:09 | FOCUS News Agency

London. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Itar-Taas reported.

Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles “given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved.”

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team leader Al Fastier said the team thought there were two crates and were amazed to find five.

Current distillery owner, drinks group Whyte & Mackay, launched the bid to recover the Scotch whisky for samples to test and decide whether to relaunch the defunct spirit made by distiller McKinlay and Co.
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Expect to see "Antarctic"-brand Scotch, at a very premium price, in a Wally-World near you, but soon!

cruise
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I have a bottle of whiskey from 1968 with the seal glued across the cap.

It's 42 years old and it's going to get a lot older before i even think about opening it.
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I have a bottle of whiskey from 1968 with the seal glued across the cap.

It's 42 years old and it's going to get a lot older before i even think about opening it.
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Do it before you die! it will be tasty!
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this from - [link to www.focus-fen.net]



Five crates of whisky and two of brandy, dated from over one century, found in the Antarctic

6 February 2010 | 15:09 | FOCUS News Agency

London. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Itar-Taas reported.

Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles “given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved.”

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team leader Al Fastier said the team thought there were two crates and were amazed to find five.

Current distillery owner, drinks group Whyte & Mackay, launched the bid to recover the Scotch whisky for samples to test and decide whether to relaunch the defunct spirit made by distiller McKinlay and Co.


Expect to see "Antarctic"-brand Scotch, at a very premium price, in a Wally-World near you, but soon!

cruise
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 883895

If it'll be at Wal-Mart, you may as well use it to wash your car; it sure as hell won't be worth drinking

Last Edited by Art Deco on 02/06/2010 03:49 PM
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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
Wow i wonder who gets frist dibbs on those.price would be high.
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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
Whisky and whiskey age in the cask. Once in the bottle nothing much happens to it, especially if it's kept in freezing conditions.

I prefer a good malt anyway, not that blended shit. Ptooo!
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Re: 100 Year Old Whisky Recovered from the Ice of Antarctica
That's gonna be some auction.

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