“MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS.”
With this classified ad, Ernest Shackleton is said to have recruited the crew for his 1907 expedition to the South Pole. The effort took two years, and eventually, one hundred miles short of his goal, running low on supplies, Shackleton was forced to turn back. Shackleton’s Journey
He abandoned what supplies remained, including several cases of Mackinlay’s blended scotch whisky. Mackinlay scotch is no longer distilled, the original recipe forgotten long ago. But, in 2007, a team of explorers from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered several crates of whisky at the site of Shackleton’s Hut.
In 2010, Whyte and Mackay, the distillery that owns what was once Mackinlay, sent a team to the South Pole in a successful bid to extract the scotch from the ice. Not only did the team retrieve five cases of scotch, they discovered two cases of brandy as well. Master blenders at Whyte and Mackay analyzed the whisky and have created a replica of the Mackinlay brand with a limited edition release of Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt.
I love a story like this. A story that combines good scotch and ice. In honor of the story, I plan to combine a wee dram scotch (not Mackinlay’s, but still a very nice bottle) with a bit of ice. A toast to Sir Ernest Shackleton.
(Ernest Shackleton, photo retrieved from http://www.hilobrow.com)