May 1, 2011

The Shackleton Whisky.

Sir Ernest Shackleton has been around in this blog every now and then. He was the famous explorer of the Endurance expedition that tried to reach the South Pole in Antarctica, and during that expedition a hut where the crew used to have shelter was left behind. 

Actually, they left something else than just the hut. They also left some crates of highland malt whisky that were found very deep in the ice beneath the hut. Three of them were dug up by the New Zealand Anctartic Heritage Trust, and three of the bottles were taken to the distillers Whyte and Mackay, which owns the McKinlay brand. It's been more of a century since that whisky was produced and the recipe had been long lost, as no such a whisky is made nowadays. 

All this is really exciting, but what excites me the most is the fact that Whyte and Mackay have been able to replicate this whisky, and I wouldn't mind it AT ALL if one of those replica bottles fell in my hands. 

You can learn a bit more on this in master blender Richard Paterson's blog and also here:

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