February 14, 2012

Libation | Toast to Ernest Shackleton's Birthday with Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt!

February 15th marks Ernest Shackleton's 137th birthday! 

To pay homage to sir Ernest Shackleton, I'd like to share a story about this explorer:

In 1907, Irish-born explorer Ernest Shackleton, in preparation for his Nimrod expedition to the South Pole, shipped himself 25 crates of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt.   The expedition went awry and three of the whisky crates were abandoned in Antarctica along with the belongings Shackleton and his crew left behind.

A century later, the whisky belonging to the polar explorer Ernst Shackelton which had been buried under snow since his unsuccessful expedition which took place from 1907 to 1909, and was recently uncovered  by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and sent to Scotland where Whyte and Mackay's Master Distiller Richard Paterson recreated the whisky.

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