Monday, August 16, 2010

Chilled to Perfection

My fellow scotch drinkers, prepare to wipe the drool from your mouths.
(AP) -- A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday - but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historical significance.

The crate, recovered from the Antarctic hut of renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton after it was found there in 2006, has been thawed very slowly in recent weeks at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

The crate was painstakingly opened to reveal 11 bottles of Mackinlay's Scotch whisky, wrapped in paper and straw to protect them from the rigors of a rough trip to Antarctica for Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod expedition.

I think the only consolation that I can take is this: Even though I'll never get to drink it, neither will anyone else. Or so they claim. I find it incredibly hard to believe that none of these scientists took a taste themselves. Sorry, I'm not buying it.

This is the second story to come out of the science world of well-preserved bottles of booze from ages past being discovered. I'm starting to give more consideration to getting my Indiana Jones on.

Props to TJ for the assist.

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