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TextThis Scotch has been on the rocks for 100 years: whiskey crate found in Antarctic ice opened A crate of Scotch whiskey 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 whiskey, 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 whiskey 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.
A bottle of whisky recovered from the wreck of a cargo ship which inspired the film Whisky Galore! sold at auction yesterday for £2,200 to a teenager captivated by its remarkable story.
The bottle of Ballantine’s Scotch whisky is one of around 240,000 bottles which sank with the SS Politician after it ran aground off Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941.
For weeks the Scottish islanders celebrated on the spirits they had looted from the wreck, hiding the bottles before government officials could find them.
The sinking of the SS Politician inspired the novel Whisky Galore and later the 1949 Ealing comedy film, helping ensure the tale of the islanders’ raid entered into legend.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Although from what I know of scotch whiskey it ages not in the bottle but the barrel, so this is probably more valuable to a collector for it's historical value than for sampling and drinking.
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
Scotch? Scotch is that old? I wouldn't drink it if I were the people who found it. We should send it to an alcoholic museum.
Originally posted by 2weird2live2rare2die
eleven bottles eh? sounds like someone had a little drinking problem..