Feb 16

Shackleton’s Whisky Dug Up in Antarctica – The Lede Blog – NYTimes.com

Shackleton's Whiskey I missed this when it first appeared. This is pretty cool!  Three crates of Scotch whisky & two crates of brandy that were left behind in 1909 by Ernest Shackleton in a hut that he & his men built. They stayed in this hut for an entire winter, before heading out for what would be a failed attempt at reaching the South Pole, known as The Nimrod Expedition. Descendants of Shackleton have since recreated The Nimrod Expedition in Jan. ’09, finishing off his unfinished business of reaching the South Pole. This has become known as the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition.

Shackleton was supplied with 25 crates of the "Rare and Old" whisky by Whyte & Mackay. This particular recipe has since been lost, but if the cached whisky can be safely extracted & analyzed, then it’s possible the original blend could be replicated. I’m sure my friend Aboman would love to get his hands on some!

To read the entire story, click on the screenshot above or the link below.

Shackleton’s Whisky Dug Up in Antarctica – The Lede Blog – NYTimes.com

~Steve, The Pilgrim.


  1. Blue Alpine

    Perhaps the whisky is the reason he never made it to the South Pole ? 🙂

  2. Steve

    Haha, you know, I thought the same thing! It’s been the downfall of many an explorer & athlete.

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