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Shackleton's Antarctic whisky found

9:24 a.m. on February 8, 2010 (EST)
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Back in November we reported on the Antarctic expedition that would drill for the 100-year-old whisky that famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left behind when forced to abandon his 1909 South Pole expedition. Here's the result: ...

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2010/02/08/whiskey-found.html

9:54 a.m. on February 8, 2010 (EST)
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Re: Shackleton's Antarctic whiskey found

That's cool!

I wonder what a bottle would bring at auction?

10:04 a.m. on February 8, 2010 (EST)
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A man returns, demoralized, after abandoning his bid for the South Pole. Others would later succeed, heralded as heroes. A hundred years later, we send people back for his hootch.

10:15 a.m. on February 8, 2010 (EST)
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Shackleton's trip to the south pole is possibly the most astounding adventure story ever. I've read a couple of different accounts, and can't get over how much he and his crew went through.


I especially think about it when I find myself whining about the weight of winter gear, his crew survived pretty well in the Antarctic for a few years with sodden sleeping bags and one change of clothes.

5:22 p.m. on February 8, 2010 (EST)
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MacKinlay & Co's product was not considered the best by discerning palates, or so I've been told, but that shouldn't surprise us, since the choice of whisky would've been required to balance duration of need with cost, space, and circumstances.

I expect it's still drinkable, but likely not quite the same as its original state. Sealed whisky keeps remarkably well in many circumstances, and in constant cold, oxidative insult would likely have been further held in check. But its primary draw for the whisky lover is as an oddity, not as a premium drink. It's a strong and interesting link to a famous explorer, but not much more than that. Kind of like a ball-point pen from a famous writer's desk, perhaps.

3:08 p.m. on February 9, 2010 (EST)
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That is really cool! Thanks for the link!

Perry Clark said:

It's a strong and interesting link to a famous explorer, but not much more than that. Kind of like a ball-point pen from a famous writer's desk, perhaps.

HAHAHAHA! what a great line!

10:56 a.m. on February 10, 2010 (EST)
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My question is why would Shakelton leave behind whiskey? Toss out some other junk if you're short on space and along the hootch.

12:23 p.m. on February 10, 2010 (EST)
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I agree alan. That was a substantial over sight.

3:24 a.m. on February 18, 2010 (EST)
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whiskey is from ireland, without the e it's the scottish stuff

8:05 a.m. on February 18, 2010 (EST)
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Thanks for the distinction, culchymuckty.

You sent this wordsmith off into the depths of the Internet to learn more about the whisky-whiskey distinction and read various style guides. I was compelled to change all of our Scottish whisky references to the non-e version.

12:29 p.m. on February 18, 2010 (EST)
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Alicia, You just brightened this logophile's day!

11:43 a.m. on February 23, 2010 (EST)
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I'm glad!

9:55 p.m. on February 23, 2010 (EST)
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Maybe its says above somewhere. But what will happen to this whiskey that was found? Museum someplace, sold as antique drink or ?

1:28 p.m. on February 24, 2010 (EST)
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For now, it's all being left where it was found, adhering to Antarctic conservation guidelines under the Antarctic Treaty System. The news reports said they were still figuring out how best to conserve what they found, but presumably it won't be going anywhere and will be part of the historical preservation.

No word on whether the whisky (no "e") makers in Scotland will or did get their sample.

2:08 p.m. on February 24, 2010 (EST)
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Here's a 2008 video of three women conservators (Lizzie Meek, Anna Shepherd, and Jana Stefan) from the Antarctic Heritage Trust talking about their work at the historic 1908 Shackleton hut at Cape Royds in Antarctica.


12:19 p.m. on March 3, 2010 (EST)
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To think on just how far we have come on Leave No Trace behind... Now we send people out to pickup what others discarded...

:)

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