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    Antarctica Whiskey

    Not really sure where to post this, but I found this article interesting. It is a story about Earnest Shackleton's whiskey from 1909 that was buried in ice and only now being uncovered. At the time, it was a 10yr old Scotch.

    I would be willing to sample it... for quality control purposes of course....

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/shac...ylight-3700051
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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    If I read that correctly it seems a waste that after samples are drawn it's going back to the ice that it came from.

    Whats the point of that?
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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanSheen View Post
    If I read that correctly it seems a waste that after samples are drawn it's going back to the ice that it came from.

    Whats the point of that?
    I was under the impression that a small sample would be drawn, the bottles would be preserved by this New Zealand museum the the crates (minus the bottles) would be returned. That might not have been in this article I posted... I read a few about it.

    Even then though you can ask: "what's the point."
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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    I saw this link yesterday, it was published back in Feb.


    http://www.aolnews.com/world/article...-pole/19347440


    It mentions that artifacts cannot be removed from Antarctica under international treaty.

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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    The whole talk of trying to replicate the "lost recipe" seems a bit bogus to me.
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    The whole talk of trying to replicate the "lost recipe" seems a bit bogus to me.

    There are people on the board that understand the process better than I would, but I would guess the mashbill could be dupliacted, but the yeast strain would be a bit difficult.

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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    There are people on the board that understand the process better than I would, but I would guess the mashbill could be dupliacted, but the yeast strain would be a bit difficult.
    My biggest thing is that there is no way to know what it would have tasted like when it was produced by drinking something that is now 100 years old.
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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by kickert View Post
    The whole talk of trying to replicate the "lost recipe" seems a bit bogus to me.
    Well, according to Whisky Intelligence: Whyte & Mackay has successfully
    recreated the century-old whisky buried under the Antarctic ice by famous
    explorer Ernest Shackleton.

    The company’s master blender Richard Paterson spent a painstaking eight
    weeks marrying and blending a range of malts to get an exact replica of the
    100-year-old Mackinlay’s liquid.

    And according to one independent expert, he has got the copy exactly
    right.

    Renowned whisky writer Dave Broom is the only other person in the world to
    taste both the original whisky and Whyte & Mackay’s new liquid.

    He said: “The Shackleton whisky is not what I expected at all, and not
    what anyone would have expected. It’s so light, so fresh, so delicate and
    still in one piece – it’s a gorgeous whisky.

    “I think the replication is absolutely bang on. Richard has done a great job
    as it’s a very tricky whisky to replicate, because you have this delicacy,
    subtlety and the smoke just coming through."

    Tasting notes and additional info at the link above.
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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by silverfish View Post
    ...Richard Paterson...according to one independent expert, he has got the copy exactly
    right.
    Ben's point remains.

    Paterson can perfectly emulate what that whisky is now, not what it was a century ago.

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    Re: Antarctica Whiskey

    Wow, a whiskey that tastes sort of like another whiskey.

 

 

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