Crates of whisky left behind by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton are enjoying a new (and highly productive) second life. Boston-based news source GlobalPost reports that a Glasgow distillery has thawed, tasted, and replicated the 103-year-old spirit in order to create a $160 bottle of whisky that will ultimately raise up to $250,000 for preservation efforts directed at Shackleton’s Antarctic base.
As for the taste? “[Master Blender Richard] Paterson expected the whisky to have a heavy, peaty flavor, which was the fashion at the time. Instead, according to his tasting notes, he discovered a Scotch with ‘delicate aromas of crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple. It has a whisper of marmalade, cinnamon and a tease of smoke, ginger and muscovado sugar.'”
This isn’t the first alcoholic blast from the distant past; 230-year-old Veuve Clicquot Champagne was recovered from a shipwreck in 2010 (and declared “fabulous”), and 200-plus-year-old beer was found the same year in the Baltic Sea.
If you’re looking to taste something really ancient, however, your best bet is probably the wares of Dogfish Head, which brews ancient ales with the advice of molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern.