Shackleton’s Scotch returned to Antarctic stash


Ernest Shackleton is known for exploring the Antarctic in 1907, long before hand-warmers and Gortex. But did you know he also loved a good scotch buzz? His supplies for South Pole expedition included three bottles of a 15-year-aged Mackinlay scotch, bottled in 1898. In 2010, the luckiest ice conservationists ever found the stash buried in -22-degree Fahrenheit ice under Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut. After 102 years the whisky could still be heard sloshing in the bottles! Scottish distillers flew the bottles to Scotland and took some of the liquor with a syringe through the cork to analyze and re-create the recipe, but have now returned the bottles to Antarctica unopened out of respect to the explorer….

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