This Scotch was on the rocks for 100 years

By Motorhead · Nov 17, 2009 · ·
  1. Motorhead
    This Scotch was on the rocks for 100 years: Antarctic team to drill for lost cache of liquor

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica's ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whisky that has been on the rocks since a century ago.

    The drillers will be trying to reach two crates of McKinlay and Co. whisky that were shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as part of his abandoned 1909 expedition.

    Whyte&Mackay, the drinks group that now owns McKinlay and Co., has asked for a sample of the 100-year-old scotch for a series of tests that could decide whether to relaunch the now-defunct Scotch.

    Workers from New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust will use special drills to reach the crates, frozen in Antarctic ice under the Nimrod Expedition hut near Cape Royds.

    Al Fastier, who will lead the expedition in January, said restoration workers found the crates of whisky under the hut's floorboards in 2006. At the time, the crates and bottles were too deeply embedded in ice to be dislodged.

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

    Fastier said he did not want to sample the contents.

    "It's better to imagine it than to taste it," he said. "That way it keeps its mystery."

    Richard Paterson, Whyte&Mackay's master blender, said the Shackleton expedition's whisky could still be drinkable and taste exactly as it did 100 years ago.

    If he can get a sample, he intends to replicate the old Scotch and put McKinlay whisky back on sale.

    "I really hope we can get some back here," he was quoted as telling London's Telegraph newspaper. "It's been laying there lonely and neglected. It should come back to Scotland where it was born.

    "Even if most of the bottles have to remain in Antarctica for historic reasons, it would be good if we could get a couple," Paterson said.

    Nov 16, 2009
    Associated Press

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  1. Sven99
    Publicity stunt?
  2. ninjaned
    He doesn't want to taste it? Who the hell wouldn't want to try hundred year old scotch? Even if they aren't a fan of scotch?(which swim is)
  3. niggaprecious
    They should send SWIM a bottle ;)
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    hmm- turtle remembers the owner of a scotch bar in Seattle paying an absolutely ridiculous amount for a bottle of scotch that had gone overboard from some ship a century + ago. He never would admit anything other then that he had sampled it- making most feel it had gone bad.

    Old bottles of wine and liquor are always a very expensive gamble...
  5. Sven99
    Scotch (and any other distilled spirits) don't age in glass*. The maturing of a spirit through aging comes about from the effect of the wooden barrels on the spirit. So while this scotch has been under ice for 100 years, its 'age' in spirit terms is just the same as when it was bottled.

    *Some liqueurs and spirits containing herbal ingredients may be an exception to this, as the botanical ingredients can change or break down over time, affecting the taste of the spirit.
  6. Motorhead
    Imagine trying to walk to the south pole wigged out on cocaine tablets and Scotch! Ahhh, good times.
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