Seven crates of century-old whisky and brandy found in Antarctic

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  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century.

    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.

    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.

    Fastier said restoration workers found the crates under the hut's floorboards in 2006, but they were too deeply embedded in ice to be dislodged.

    The New Zealanders agreed to drill the ice to try to retrieve some bottles, although the rest must stay under conservation guidelines agreed to by 12 Antarctic Treaty nations.

    "The unexpected find of the brandy crates, one labeled Chas. Mackinlay & Co and the other labeled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale (Australia) are a real bonus," said Fastier.

    Ice has cracked some of the crates and formed inside them. Fastier said in a statement that would make extracting the contents delicate, but the trust would decide how to do so in coming weeks.

    Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte and Mackay, whose company supplied the Mackinlay's whisky for Shackleton, described the find as "a gift from the heavens for whisky lovers."

    "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 in a statement.

    Shackleton's 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.


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  2. Blinky

    Blinky Rocket Surgeon

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    That's pretty cool. I wonder if any of those bottles will hit the market.
     

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    john58 BHO is a LIAR!

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    If they hit the market they're going to be VERY expensive. I hope they can duplicate the recipe. I'd buy some just to have some of what he went back for.
     
  4. Retseh

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    I'm sure all the member nations would be eager to prosecute them if they chose to ignore the "conservation" regulations and just removed the entire batch.

    Pull 'em all out.
     
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    wow... i bet that's some smooth whiskey :shocked:
     
  6. LongGoneDays

    LongGoneDays Misanthropical

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    I bet it was really eight crates.
     
  7. nikerret

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    I want a free sample.
     
  8. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    I bet our BATFE gets involved somehow and those said bottles go missing. :whistling:
     
  9. Smashy

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    Those explorers back in the day had their priorities straight.


    Tents? "We can all fit in three of 'em."

    Extra socks? "Two extra pair each oughtta do it."

    Food? "Two weeks' worth should be enough."

    Seven crates of booze? "Check. Let's go make history, boys!" :supergrin:
     
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    It does not 'age' or get any smoother once it's bottled but it would be fun to have a bottle on the shelf!
     
  11. american lockpicker

    american lockpicker License to Il

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    LOL :supergrin:
     
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    interesting find .. hope they can replicate it
     
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    " 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."


    Hum, ask them how it tasted...Broken in transit ...:cool:

    Just kidding...:faint:
     
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    Cole125 Silver Member

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    Yeah I am sure if its ever sold we are talking hundred(s) a bottle at least. The recipe is probably not too different than most whiskey produced now what is special about it is obviously the age.
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Hundreds?

    I suspect Thousands may not even touch the price.

    Just a guess.
     
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    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

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    went ahead and fixed that for you.:whistling:
     
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    I read a different article about this story. The current owner of the distiller that supplied this expedition, said the original recipe has been lost and they are hoping to recover it.
     
  18. Squaw Man Wolfer

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    if whiskey was cheap made to start with, it won't get any better with age. Often worse. See Rommel's whiskey.
     
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    But it's a lot smoother when it's ice cold. :supergrin: :drink:
     
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    You might be an alcoholic...