Shackleton's Antarctic whisky found


33 Responses to “Shackleton's Antarctic whisky found”

  1. mo-seph says:

    Unfortunately, whisky stops maturing once it’s bottled, unlike wine. Whisky aging is all about the interaction between the spirit and the wood.

  2. apoxia says:

    Oh no, your link to the news article at the bottom says “Arctic” instead of Antarctic!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would like to drink this whiskey.


    My step brother is in Antarctica for 6 months repairing heating boilers*. When he gets back I’ll ask him if word of this reached him.

    * Yes, the jobs situation in MI – highest unemployment in the country – really is so bad that he took a job in Antarctica.

  5. nixiebunny says:

    Drilling in the Antarctic to get it out will make this the most expensive whiskey around. Imagine what it will fetch on eBay!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Simply put, that is awesome.

  7. RitchG says:

    That is awesome. I wonder what the conversation following the …discovery, consisted of.

  8. Anonymous says:

    First they want to drill for oil in ANWR, now they want to drill for whiskey in Antarctica! Sheesh, what’s next?!?!

  9. IWood says:

    This made me think of William Sokolin’s bottle of Chateau Margaux, allegedly from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar.* He broke it while showing it off (Look at my Ridiculously Expensive Thing, you peons!), and, tasting a remnant of it, pronounced it “flinty and unsatisfying.”

    Whiskey keeps better than wine…as long as the corks are intact. But, from the article:

    [Expedition leader] Fastier said he did not want to sample the contents.

    “It’s better to imagine it than to taste it,” he said. “That way it keeps its mystery.”

    I think there might be something wrong with that man.

    *It was a fake, 18th-century but not from Jefferson’s cellar…he still collected $200K from the insurance company.

  10. Jerril says:

    Or is that “fortunately”? The final result of maturation is vinegar, after all.

  11. metalck says:

    Jackie31337….. I love that idea. And I bet it is some ohhhh buy this new product crap.

    And if it is not any co reading this blog is totally gonna steal this idea. lol


  12. Anonymous says:

    Anyone wanting to keep up with this story should follow the master blender mentioned in it via Twitter at @the_nose or

  13. Teller says:

    Would’ve helped Shackleton’s hoosh through the greybeards.

  14. philarama says:

    If it’s from Scotland, it’s whisky. If it’s from Ireland or the US it’s whiskey.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Shackleton was Irish – born in Athy, Co. Kildare

  16. Anonymous says:

    and so near to Christmas too, how convenient.

  17. smonkey says:


    well, kinda.

    I read this a few weeks ago and thought it sounded too good to be true, and it is..kind of.

    The whisky has been found.

    It was frozen under the shack they stayed in.

    The cases were found while removing ice from under the expedition’s “shack”.

    But there is no “drilling for whiskey” No high tech adventure. The cases are already removed.

    Here’s an earlier version of the article without the “high-tech drill” bullshit added by some crap reporter along the line.

  18. Moriarty says:

    NPR knows the difference between the Arctic and the Antarctic, and how to spell whisky:

  19. Anonymous says:

    In the U.S., we drink (and write about) whiskey with an E regardless of origin. Canadian whiskey, Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey. Same with cheese: we don’t call it fromage just because it cam from France, it’s still called cheese here. We drink and write about wine and not vin or vino even though it goes by those different (but similar) names in other countries where it is produced.

  20. Lady Katey says:

    Wasn’t there some kind of competition going on for a while in regards to finding this stuff?

  21. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome our new Whiskey overlords.

  22. DavindeK says:

    In 1909, the most common spelling of whiskey in Scotland was with an ‘e’. The first definition of Scotch Whiskey, published in 1909 by the Royal Commission on Whiskey and Other Potable Spirits also used the ‘e’ spelling. Neither spelling is incorrect in any country. Here is a link to an article I published a few years ago on the nonsense of the whisky spelling gestapo.

  23. nanuq says:

    Wouldn’t you need a seance to raise spirits?

  24. franko says:

    well, *that* didn’t take very long. didn’t they just start looking for it recently?

  25. Anonymous says:

    But have they found the egg of mantumbi?!?

  26. dculberson says:

    They’ll find a straw leading from the bottles and Daniel Day Lewis saying “I drink your Whisky! I drink it up!”

  27. Anonymous says:

    The Whiskey of Mantumbi can be found… (cue Newman ringtone).

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