I am a strong and virile man, with a gruff disposition no tolerance for all that namby-pamby shit. In fact, I am best known three things:
1) Chopping wood with the sides of my hands
2) Scaring off neighborhood ruffians with a glare and a low growl
3) Stirring boiling liquids with my fingers
Despite this overflow of machismo, even I find myself emotionally vulnerable at times. Like that time the lithe and lean Mrs. Pax Arcana and I went to the (awesome! kick ass!) Museum of Science to watch “Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure” on the IMAX screen.
It turns out I can watch movies of orphans being dismembered by roving bands of Nazi werewolves with zero emotional attachment, but the story of one man’s struggle to save his crew from icy death in Antarctica made me tear up like a fat kid who dropped his cupcake in the mud.
So you’ll forgive me for getting overly excited to hear that workers New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust are preparing to unearth several crates of scotch that Shackleton buried in the snow. The bottles of McKinlay whisky have been lodged under the floorboards of Shackleton’s makeshift hut for almost 100 years, though producers say the ice around it may have preserved it perfectly:
Richard Paterson, Whyte & Mackay’s master blender, said the Shackleton expedition’s whiskey could still be drinkable and taste exactly as it did 100 years ago.
If he can get a sample, he intends to replicate the old Scotch and put McKinlay whiskey back on sale.
“I really hope we can get some back here,” he was quoted as telling London’s Telegraph newspaper. “It’s been laying there lonely and neglected. It should come back to Scotland where it was born.”
I think I speak for all scotch enthusiasts when I say this is the single most touching story ever told.
*tears up, grabs bottle of Bruichladdich*
I mean, to think of what that man went through…
HE ROWED 800 MILES, THEN SCALED IMPASSABLE MOUNTAINS TO FIND HELP!!
*now openly bawling*
HE DIDN’T LOSE A MAN!!!
I love you guys
Lost Scotch Whiskey Cache Buried in Antarctica [Discovery News]