With a tip of the tricorno to the Pertinacious Papist


I bring you this very important news story:


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  1. Tominellay says:

    Hahaha! Great find!!

  2. Eric says:

    The bottles will remain in their frozen crates until they decide what to do with them

    I wonder if the “pre-decision” inventory will match up with the “post decision” inventory.

  3. Gwen says:

    I visited Scott’s hut at McMurdo Station, Antartica, and the state of preservation of the supplies was amazing. I think someone had already absconded with any liquor, though. There was frozen seal meat, though.

  4. Thomas G. says:

    Why in the world do they think it necessary to “re-create the recipe” for the whiskey? Do they think that sometime in the last 100 years the way to make good whiskey was totally forgotten and we need to “re-create” it by subjecting these bottles to chemical analysis?

    What bosh. Just drink the stuff, man.

  5. Brian Day says:

    Thomas G.,

    The original formula used 100 years ago has been lost. No, they did not forget how to make good whiskey, but it would be a good thing to discover how the whiskey was originally made.

    I wouldn’t mind partaking in a side-by-side comparison. :^)


  6. I’d be willing to take part in side-by-side comparison! All in the name of science, of course! :-)

  7. New Sister says:

    It looked as though the bottles may have been stored on their sides – hope not!

  8. Thomas G. says:

    Brian – “The original formula used 100 years ago has been lost.”

    You’re finessing this. For knowledge of whiskey-making 100 years ago to have lapsed, the practice of making whiskey must also have lapsed and all those who were involved in making it died off before they could pass on their knowledge.

    Obviously, this has never happened. There never has been a time when whiskey was totally unavailable to the human race, and certainly not in the last 100 years.

    If you have evidence to the contrary, please produce it.

  9. Andy Lucy says:

    The precise formulation of the blend HAS been lost. It may not even be possible to recreate it if the stream which provided the water to the distillery has been changed or polluted. The particular peat beds may have been used up. All of this plays a part in the particular flavor of a Scotch whisky. And to add more to the problem, I am given to understand that these are blended whiskys, which will make the analysis even more complex, as it is several different singlemalt whiskys which were blended in a batch.

    Each whisky has its own character, aroma, flavor, light… each are different. Hopefully, the geniuses will work it out. I’d buy a bottle of that special run….

    Save the whisky, Save the world.

  10. Maltese says:

    Here’s another interesting News tidbit:

    So, NASA is launching technology to study sun flares; interesting in light of these: 

    Now I’m no doomsdayer (in fact I have four children and one on the way, due March). But a majar event, say bigger than the Carington Even, would wallup us big time, and could even change life as we know it. Pray to God it doesn’t happen. But these stories are at least interesting in the fact that our government is interested in them, they’ve happened in the fairly recent past, and could be catastrophic should they happen in a technicologically advanced area of the world….

  11. Maltese says:

    Actually, God forbit a Carrington event happens, lots of cached whiskey will come in very handy!

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