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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: antarctic; antarctica; ernestshackelton; ernestshackleton; johnkey; mackinlay; newzealand; oenology; oversensitivedrunk; rossisland; scotch; scotland; shackleton; 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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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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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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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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