"A Gift From the Heavens for Whisky Lovers"
November 18, 2010 10:21 AM Subscribe
posted by gottabefunky (37 comments total)
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During his unsuccessful 1908 attempt to reach the South Pole, universal badass Ernest Shackleton
left five crates of Scotch whisky
and two crates of brandy buried in the ice under the floorboards of his hut at Cape Royds
. The crates were dug up in February
, and conservators are working
on ten of the 114-year-old whisky bottles, some marked with ‘British Antarctic Expedition 1907 Ship Endurance,’ with an eye on replicating the long-lost blend.Richard Paterson, a master blender for Whyte & Mackay, which supplied the Shackleton expedition with 25 crates of Mackinlay’s “Rare and Old” whisky, described the unearthing of the bottles as “a gift from the heavens for whisky lovers,” since the recipe for that blend has been lost. “If the contents can be confirmed, safely extracted and analyzed, the original blend may be able to be replicated.”
The expedition wasn't a total failure. Shackleton did reach the magnetic south pole, and was the first to climb Mt. Erebus. He was knighted for the effort. National Geographic is making a documentary about the discovery.
(More on the "whisky" vs. "whiskey" debate.)