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11-08-2009, 05:06
"Old whisky can be found in some pretty amazing places.
I've heard of it stashed in the walls of houses, buried under
ground, and discovered in shipwrecks under the ocean.
But the trove left by Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
might be the most unusual. Shackelton and his crew left
two cases of Scotch whisky stashed under the floorboard
of a small wooden shack at Cape Royds.

The whisky was discovered by conservators in January 2006.
They were unable to get the crates out but will be trying
again in January during the Antarctic summer. It's not known
what shape the bottles of Charles Mackinlay & Co. whisky will
be in after one hundred years of freeze and thaw. The crates
and bottles will remain in Antarctica unless they need to be
taken off the continent for conservation reasons."

More at Unearthing Shackleton's Whisky (http://www.luxist.com/2009/11/07/unearthing-shackletons-whisky/)

and Whisky on (Antarctic) ice

11-09-2009, 13:52
The ultimate dusty! (Unless Neil left any on the moon)

I've got a (now empty) 1/2 size bottle with box of 1960's VOF that was enjoyed during the Thanksgiving festivities at one of the Antarctic bases a few years back.

11-09-2009, 16:52
Nice find on the article SF. Pretty interesting. Just goes to prove that you never know. :grin: Just like Candid Camera. "Don't be surprised if someday, sometime, somewhere, when you least expect it....." Joe

11-10-2009, 12:51
Just an fyi on Charles Mackinlay & Co:

"In 1875, the brand Mackinlays Vatted Old Benvorlich Scotch whisky is registered."


"Invergordon bought Charles Mackinlay & Co. (who owned the Isle of Jura
and Glenallachie distilleries) from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1985.
The whisky industry is like the ocean, in the sense that the small fish are
eaten by slightly bigger fish, who are in turn eaten by the even bigger fish.
So, in 1993 Invergordon Distilleries was taken over by Whyte & Mackay.

A little over a decade later an even bigger fish came swimming by - all the way from India. In 2007 the United Spirits group (controlled by Indian politician and business tycoon Vijay Mallya) bought Whyte & Mackay."


Charles Mackinlay & Co Ltd
Blenders and Bottlers of Scotch Whisky
Founded in 1815 by Charles Mackinlay
Owner: Kyndal Spirits Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland - Whyte & Mackay Distillers (Glasgow, Scotland)

So, I assume the Shackleton stuff could be the Vatted Old Benvorlich. The case photo states "Rare Old"

02-09-2010, 16:16


Scotch whisky recovered from Shackleton's Antarctic hut
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 the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton

Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte and Mackay

"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.


In addition...Brandy...one from "The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale (Australia)" and another from "Chas. Mackinlay & Co" were found.