Skip to comments.Explorer's rare Scotch returned to Antarctic stash
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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A perfect waste of good whiskey. Should have returned the bottles filled with rubbing alcohol.
Idiots. Leave a decanter, not the entire stash.
Praise to those who returned them to their proper resting place.
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.
Why don’t you lighten up a bit and realize sometimes people joke around .
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....
Gotcha, a smiley or a "sarc" tag would have helped clarify. Sorry man...
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".
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.
it doesn’t age in the bottle
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.
Shackleton’s venture was indeed one of man’s great accomplishments.
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?
A good Martini and a cigar mid-day....
Not an achoholic yet....Im just an under-achiever....
A glass raised to you and shelterguy and all else on this thread!
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.
hear, hear! this is one of the most amazing stories i've ever read... fascinating!
No, you got it all wrong.
A cigar goes with cognac or brandy and a Martini goes with caviar or something fishy.
No, alcoholics will drink anything. The point is to get high (or low), not to taste the various subleties of lovely whiskey.
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.
the entire story is amazing... but from Elephant Island on—just miraculous...
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
then read Shackleton’s own account, South.
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...
Sounds like one of the old Canadian Club advertisements.
Alcoholics can’t taste the subtle difference anyway. Taste buds are shot.
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.
And then there was...Billy Beer!
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.
Hey... a good cigar goes with everything... :^)
“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.
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.
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......
Billy beer? Dude!
Red Hackle was issue scotch during WWII. It’s long gone but I have a few bottles I’ve picked up off of ebay.
How does it taste?
Or cheap whiskey. In 100 years when the next guy finds them, it will be great stuff.
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.
Wow. What a stupid statement.
Have a drink and lighten up. And then look up “humor” in a dictionary.