Recreated Shackleton’s whisky deemed delicious & ready for its close-up
on 05/04/11 at 3:16 pmSpirits
Few of us would want to relive Ernest Shackleton’s arduous and ultimately unsuccessful trek to the South Pole 103 years ago. But a Glasgow distillery is betting that a whole lot of people will want to sip the Scotch that Shackleton had with him on his Antarctic adventure.
Three crates of the explorer’s whisky spent a century forgotten and frozen to the rock underneath the hut he used as a staging ground for his attempt at the pole. Once they were discovered, it took another four years of strategizing before the crates could be safely removed, a sojourn in New Zealand where the bottles were thawed under precise laboratory conditions, a private jet ride back to Scotland, and eight weeks of exacting analysis, but the moment has arrived: Shackleton’s Antarctic whisky has been recreated and is ready for mere mortals to drink.
Whyte & Mackay, the company that now owns the distillery that made Shackleton’s spirit, announced this week that it had tasted the original blend, deemed it delicious and created “an exact replica.”
Fifty thousand bottles will go on sale in two to eight weeks, said Rob Bruce, the company’s head of global public relations. Sales will start in the United Kingdom, then roll out to key markets in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The bottles will cost £100 ($160), with 5 percent of each sale being donated to the New Zealand nonprofit responsible for conserving Shackleton’s hut.