Drilling for Scotch whiskey on frozen continent

A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica's ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whiskey that has been on the rocks since a century ago. The drillers will be trying to reach two crates of McKinlay and Co. whiskey that were shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as part of his abandoned 1909 expedition.

Workers from New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust will use special drills to reach the crates, frozen in Antarctic ice under the Nimrod Expedition hut near Cape Royds. Al Fastier, who will lead the expedition in January, said restoration workers found the crates of whiskey under the hut's floorboards in 2006. At the time, the crates and bottles were too deeply embedded in ice to be dislodged. The New Zealanders have agreed to try to retrieve some bottles, although the rest must stay under conservation guidelines agreed by 12 Antarctic Treaty nations. [...]

Richard Paterson, Whyte & Mackay's master blender, said the Shackleton expedition's whiskey could still be drinkable and taste exactly as it did 100 years ago. If he can get a sample, he intends to replicate the old Scotch and put McKinlay whiskey back on sale. "I really hope we can get some back here," he was quoted as telling London's Telegraph newspaper. "It's been laying there lonely and neglected. It should come back to Scotland where it was born.

Previously, previously, previously.

Tags: ,

7 Responses:

  1. t0rque says:

    I need to get out of the software business and into the business of drilling for ancient booze.

  2. bifrosty2k says:

    This sounds delicious.
    I'm guessing thats a $25k shot...

  3. Shoggoths and whiskey. Sounds like a party.

  4. luserspaz says:

    I'd be interested to know what part of the Antarctic Treaty governs this, and why they can't remove all of a non-native man-made substance. I poked around through some of the AT documents, but the legalese makes my head hurt. Why are journalists so lazy these days? you can't just drop a line like that in a story and leave it at that!

  5. keimel says:

    This article appears to show pictures of the actual crates, which do not appear to be deep in ice, but just stuck under a shack. they've known about it since 2006!

    Also, per the question asked by another commenter, the whiskey would need to stay on antarctica unless it's necessary to move them for preservation. And by that, we can assume, not consumption. Sadly.

    Saw this over two weeks ago on a good booze site, liqurious.

    • keimel says:

      Oh, sorry, I was assaulted by a pop up video annoyance from Siemen's at the site I linked. Sorry if it hits you too.

  • Previously