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Explorer's rare Scotch returned to Antarctic stash
Yahoo!News ^ | January 19, 2013 | ROD McGUIRK

Posted on 01/19/2013 12:25:10 PM PST by Kaslin

SCOTTBASE, Antarctica (AP) — Talk about whisky on ice: Three bottles of rare, 19th century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent Saturday after a distiller flew them to Scotland to recreate the long-lost recipe.

But not even New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who personally returned the stash, got a taste of the contents of the bottles of Mackinlay's whisky, which were rediscovered 102 years after the explorer was forced to leave them behind.

"I think we're all tempted to crack it open and have a little drink ourselves now," Key joked at a ceremony handing over the bottles to Antarctic Heritage Trust officials at New Zealand's Antarctic base on Ross Island.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: antarctica; ernestshackelton; johnkey; mackinlay; newzealand; oversensitivedrunk; rossisland; scotland; zymurgy
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1 posted on 01/19/2013 12:25:19 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

A perfect waste of good whiskey. Should have returned the bottles filled with rubbing alcohol.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 12:33:49 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: Kaslin

Idiots. Leave a decanter, not the entire stash.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 12:34:29 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Kaslin

Praise to those who returned them to their proper resting place.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 12:36:56 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Kaslin

There is a name for people that can tell the ever so slight differences in various whiskey and scotch bottles................ALCOHOLICS.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 12:41:07 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Noumenon

Ping.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 12:43:55 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: shelterguy
There is a name for people that can tell the ever so slight differences in various whiskey and scotch bottles................ALCOHOLICS.

Why don't you lighten up a bit! Not everyone who enjoys an occasional shot of whiskey or scotch is an alcoholic.

7 posted on 01/19/2013 12:45:03 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: rochester_veteran

Why don’t you lighten up a bit and realize sometimes people joke around .


8 posted on 01/19/2013 12:47:27 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy; rochester_veteran

Both you guys...I raise my glass in toast to ya’

A good Martini and a cigar mid-day....

Not an achoholic yet....I’m just an under-achiever....


9 posted on 01/19/2013 12:52:08 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: shelterguy
Why don’t you lighten up a bit and realize sometimes people joke around .

Gotcha, a smiley or a "sarc" tag would have helped clarify. Sorry man...

10 posted on 01/19/2013 12:52:32 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Praise to those who returned them to their proper resting place.

I suppose I like a good Scotch as much as anyone, but have a bit of a problem considering it to merit a "proper resting place".

11 posted on 01/19/2013 12:53:54 PM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Yes. A really class act in a world which, judging from the comments here, has lost the capacity to recognize class when it sees it.
12 posted on 01/19/2013 12:55:54 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin

If you are not familiar with the acomplishments and feats of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton it is worth your time to look him up. Particularly his exploits as Captain of the expedition ship “Endurance”.

He was a true leader and a real hero - the kind of man rarely seen today.

Especially in western culture in positions of leadership where Nancy Boys, punks and she-men are in vogue.


13 posted on 01/19/2013 12:59:58 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: Kaslin

it doesn’t age in the bottle


14 posted on 01/19/2013 1:01:35 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

If you are not familiar with the accomplishments and feats of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton it is worth your time to look him up. Particularly his exploits as Captain of the expedition ship “Endurance”.

He was a true leader, a real hero and a man of deep honor - the kind of man rarely seen today.
Especially in positions of leadership in western culture where Nancy Boys, punks and she-men are in vogue.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 1:02:57 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: Kaslin

Shackleton’s venture was indeed one of man’s great accomplishments.


16 posted on 01/19/2013 1:05:24 PM PST by lurk
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To: Kaslin
a distiller flew them to Scotland to recreate the long-lost recipe.

I kind of doubt the Scots need to 'recreate the recipe' to make scotch whisky...though IIRC the whisky they found there a few years back was some rather pedestrian blended malt - and who would want to recreate that when much better malt is available today?

17 posted on 01/19/2013 1:11:54 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: nevergore; shelterguy
Both you guys...I raise my glass in toast to ya’

A good Martini and a cigar mid-day....

Not an achoholic yet....I’m just an under-achiever....

A glass raised to you and shelterguy and all else on this thread!

18 posted on 01/19/2013 1:12:41 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Agreed. It was a class act. I read as a young man the story of Shackelton’s escape and was thrilled at the heroism of Shackelton and his men. Where Shackelton started his journey IS the proper resting place for the Scotch. I hope those putting the Scotch to rest gave Shackelton’s memory three stout cheers.


19 posted on 01/19/2013 1:13:00 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Iron Munro
Agreed Sir Ernest Shackleton represents precisely what we are missing today -heroism! A man one could stand up for.
20 posted on 01/19/2013 1:17:30 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Iron Munro
If you are not familiar with the acomplishments and feats of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton it is worth your time to look him up. Particularly his exploits as Captain of the expedition ship “Endurance”.

hear, hear! this is one of the most amazing stories i've ever read... fascinating!

21 posted on 01/19/2013 1:22:49 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nevergore

No, you got it all wrong.

A cigar goes with cognac or brandy and a Martini goes with caviar or something fishy.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 1:25:41 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: shelterguy

No, alcoholics will drink anything. The point is to get high (or low), not to taste the various subleties of lovely whiskey.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 1:27:00 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: latina4dubya

I love Ernest Shackleton - what a man! Of course, I’m a fan of Scott and Amondsen (sp?) but I don’t want to get into an argument.


24 posted on 01/19/2013 1:28:52 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 353FMG
a Martini goes with caviar or something fishy.

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Ok....

25 posted on 01/19/2013 1:33:22 PM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: miss marmelstein

the entire story is amazing... but from Elephant Island on—just miraculous...


26 posted on 01/19/2013 1:35:59 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Iron Munro; Kaslin

The story of Shackleton’s leadership on the Endurance expedition is extraordinary. It is recommended reading for every adolescent (I’m sorry I only heard of it as an adult) and anyone who wants to learn about real leadership. Incredible but true story. Start with Alfred Lansing’s book

http://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shackletons-Incredible-Alfred-Lansing/dp/078670621X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358631020&sr=8-1&keywords=alfred+lansing

then read Shackleton’s own account, South.

http://www.amazon.com/South-story-Shackletons-1914-1917-expedition/dp/1470190044/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358631057&sr=1-2&keywords=shackleton


27 posted on 01/19/2013 1:37:49 PM PST by thecodont
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To: nevergore; shelterguy; rochester_veteran
I suggest we all just stop our bickerin', sit down, kick back a few and make up.

Whaddya say?

FReegards!


28 posted on 01/19/2013 1:38:33 PM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: latina4dubya
Nice to know another woman is interested in Antarctic exploration. Shackleton was a good-looking man, as well.
29 posted on 01/19/2013 1:40:35 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Moltke
... and who would want to recreate that when much better malt is available today?

To quote "Yogurt": Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money ... is made.

Although, I doubt most people would know who Shackelton was.

I do remember somebody once marketed "Watergate Whiskey" during the investigation. IIRC, it sold for about $7/bottle.

The empty was worth a couple, three dollars more at the time.

My hopes of exploiting the differences in the two markets were dashed by being only 14 or 15 years old...

30 posted on 01/19/2013 1:40:48 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Iron Munro
Shackleton put it all on the line. He personally led a suicidal rescue attempt, succeeded and brought all of his men home from the certain frozen death of a failed expedition. A true leader of men. IOW, a hero. I could only aspire to such.
31 posted on 01/19/2013 1:50:36 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like one of the old Canadian Club advertisements.


32 posted on 01/19/2013 1:51:39 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: miss marmelstein

Alcoholics can’t taste the subtle difference anyway. Taste buds are shot.


33 posted on 01/19/2013 1:52:43 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Iron Munro

Oh, BTW, I am sure he took a lot of grief at the time for his mission’s failing. He got another chance, but he died of a heart attack, doing what he loved.


34 posted on 01/19/2013 1:56:57 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Calvin Locke
True enough, and in the back of my mind when I posted.

And then there was...Billy Beer!


35 posted on 01/19/2013 2:02:25 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Iron Munro

A truly amazing story. The stunning feat was when they set sail with six guys in a 22 foot whaleboat, sailing 800 miles in virtually an open boat in the winter and hitting their target with only three celestial navigation reads along the way.

Frikking impossible is what it was.

Then, when they got to South Georgia island, to walk across the island in 36 hours using boots with wood screws in them as crampons...just amazing.

They had an exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Massachusetts a few years back that had a replica of the boat...unbelievable. You simply can’t believe they sailed in those waters in that thing.

Those were real, honest to goodness men with stones.


36 posted on 01/19/2013 2:10:44 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: shelterguy

Dude... seriously?


37 posted on 01/19/2013 2:11:53 PM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: 353FMG

Hey... a good cigar goes with everything... :^)


38 posted on 01/19/2013 2:14:13 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: rochester_veteran

“a smiley or a “sarc” tag would have helped clarify.”

The whole point of sarcasm is to have a good time with other sarcastic people at the expense of the un-sarcastic.


39 posted on 01/19/2013 2:18:08 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Kaslin

Speaking of scotch, I have a few items and would like to find out more about them, if anyone has some constructive ideas. A ceramic jug of Red Hackle and a Haig & Haig Pinch. Both unopened and both, I believe, prewar. I know Whiskey doesn’t age in the bottle and I could drink them but I enjoy just looking at them and can by good stuff for imbibing. I know the Hackle was not the best but after the war there were reserves of it so it was available.


40 posted on 01/19/2013 2:19:06 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Agamemnon

My Brother-in-law loves the single malts like Glen Livet....

Not a Scotch drinker .....drinking dirty martini’s right now with olives stuffed with blue cheese....

Smoking a true Cuban Cohiba....brought a box back from overseas...Shhhhh..don’t tell anyone......


41 posted on 01/19/2013 2:19:46 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: ArtDodger

by=buy


42 posted on 01/19/2013 2:21:21 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

by=buy Hic!


43 posted on 01/19/2013 2:21:53 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Moltke
And then there was...Billy Beer!

Billy beer? Dude!


44 posted on 01/19/2013 2:35:14 PM PST by Fido969
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To: ArtDodger

Red Hackle was issue scotch during WWII. It’s long gone but I have a few bottles I’ve picked up off of ebay.


45 posted on 01/19/2013 3:17:48 PM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: paddles

How does it taste?


46 posted on 01/19/2013 3:32:27 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Sawdring

Or cheap whiskey. In 100 years when the next guy finds them, it will be great stuff.


47 posted on 01/19/2013 3:38:23 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Kaslin

This hut wasn’t from the Endurance expedition, but from Shackleton’s second trip to the Antarctic, the Nimrod expedition. On that, Shackleton’s second crack at the South Pole he came within 97 miles of the pole. Weather was ok and he could have made it there, but he didn’t think he could make it there and back and was brave enough to give up on his goal. All survived the return trip.


48 posted on 01/19/2013 3:45:09 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: shelterguy

Wow. What a stupid statement.


49 posted on 01/19/2013 3:45:26 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: GunRunner

Have a drink and lighten up. And then look up “humor” in a dictionary.


50 posted on 01/19/2013 3:51:50 PM PST by shelterguy
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