Remember a while back when I told you about an expedition to recover some rare Scotch whisky that was lost to the Antarctic more than 100 years ago?
They did it!
The hooch was abandoned during polar explorer Ernest Shackleton‘s failed 1908 bid to reach the South Pole. Beverage company Whyte and Mackay found out about the lost whisky three years ago, and, because the recipe no longer exists, were keen to “rescue” it. If they could somehow manage to dislodge the malt from its icy tomb, they could set about recreating it using the power of science!
Kind of like Jurassic Park but with booze instead of dinosaurs. BBC News:
The alcohol was removed from the ice by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, which had initially believed there to be just two crates.
Al Fastier from the trust said: “To our amazement we found five crates, three labelled as containing whisky and two labelled as containing brandy.
“The unexpected find of the brandy crates, one labeled Chas Mackinlay & Co and the other labelled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited, Allandale, are a real bonus.”
For single-malt connoisseurs like myself, this is indeed exciting. Of course, it’ll be a while before we’ll be able to taste the liberated whisky — any Scotch worth drinking must be matured for at least ten years. And I’m guessing it’ll probably be longer for this batch.
2027 can’t come fast enough!