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« on: August 13, 2010, 01:53:33 PM »

100-year-old Scotch pulled from frozen crate  
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday — but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historical significance.

The crate, recovered from the Antarctic hut of renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton after it was found there in 2006, has been thawed very slowly in recent weeks at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

The crate was painstakingly opened to reveal 11 bottles of Mackinlay's Scotch whisky, wrapped in paper and straw to protect them from the rigors of a rough trip to Antarctica for Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod expedition.

Though the crate was frozen solid when it was retrieved earlier this year, the whisky inside could be heard sloshing around in the bottles. Antarctica's minus 22 Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquor, dating from 1896 or 1897 and described as being in remarkably good condition.

This Scotch is unlikely ever to be tasted, but master blenders will examine samples of it to see if they can replicate the brew. The original recipe for the Scotch no longer exists.

Once samples have been extracted and sent to Scottish distiller Whyte and Mackay, which took over Mackinlay's distillery many years ago, the 11 bottles will be returned to their home — under the floorboards of Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds on Ross Island, near Antarctica's McMurdo Sound...  

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2010, 08:26:26 PM »

What a waste of good Scotch!  It's a sin no one will ever taste it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 11:51:14 PM »

What a waste of good Scotch!  It's a sin no one will ever taste it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010, 07:38:49 PM »

Whatever; there's an 80 year old scotch in my friend's grandparents place.

You're saying in 20 years it could be in a museum?

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2010, 08:52:37 PM »

Whatever; there's an 80 year old scotch in my friend's grandparents place.

You're saying in 20 years it could be in a museum?

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Maybe.  Mail it to me and I'll do some tests and report back to you.
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2010, 06:10:38 PM »

I'll remember that.  Drink

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