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Shackleton's Whisky: The extraordinary story of an heroic explorer and twenty-five cases of unique MacKinlay's Old Scotch [Hardcover]

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7 Feb 2013

Sir Ernest Shackleton could never have imagined his name being closely associated with whisky, certainly not in the title of a book. Rarely did he consume strong drink. On his expeditions, he tolerated a 'mild spree' at times of celebration. But that was all. Drinking to excess appalled him. From an early age, growing up in a teetotal home, he was wary of alcohol. How, then, must he have felt about signing an order for twenty-five cases of whisky - 300 bottles - for his 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition?

Shackleton's Whisky follows the story of the Rare Old Highland Whisky taken south on his Nimrod expedition. It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of men exploring an extraordinary place. It dips into the human-interest stories of polar life in the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration. Shackleton once wrote of his interest in documenting 'the little incidents that go to make up the sum of the day's work, the humour and the weariness, the inside view of men on an expedition'. Here is one such account, based largely on what he wrote and said about the expedition and also on what the members of his expedition wrote, for most participants kept a diary or journal.

Antarctic exploration and whisky, in their own way, are both steeped in history, maturity, endurance, character, and technology. Both have a worldwide following, millions of fans. Their pathways coincided on the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. With the recovery 100 years later of three cases of Scotch from icy entombment under the hut at Cape Royds and the subsequent return of three bottles to Scotland for sampling, analysis and a near-magical replication, the relationship of whisky and Antarctic exploration came sharply into focus, making a unique odyssey to the end of the Earth and back.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; 1st Edition edition (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184809390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093904
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliantly researched and gripping" (Book of the Week, Daily Mail)

"Fascinating and well illustrated" (The Times)

"fascinating.With its crystal clear prose, thoughtful research and some superb photographs this book - like the whisky - is a real treat" (We Love This Book)

"Extraordinary" (Ship Management International Magazine)

"Engaging" (Mail on Sunday)

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The Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is best known for his heroic expeditions in the early part of the 20th century, for his book South, and for being a key member of the The Royal Geographical Society. But in 2010 tee-totaller Shackleton became almost better known for a one-hundred-year-old unique old scotch whisky.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden history 13 Mar 2013
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This book triggered my interest in a number of ways; the discovery of a case of whiskey buried underneath the floor of Shackleton's hut and undiscovered despite numerous visitors over the past hundred years, a link with a group of explorers and the limited range of comforts available to them so far from home for so long and the story its self from the making of the whisky to its recreation.

a modern link to a bygone age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. 6 Mar 2013
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Well worth reading. Enjoyable book with fascinating insight into Shackelton and all other people involved in the great struggle against huge odds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shackleton 26 Jun 2014
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Great reading, lots of detail and pictures. we can feel the pain and the coldness of the tough times, the courage. this book is great to buy with Amazon as they give choice, quality and a great postal service
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Great Christmas present. Managed to get a miniature of the whisky to give with the book. Both very well received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good subject 13 Jan 2014
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This book was a Xmas present and very topical as we both love whisky and both have an intrest in history, so it covers both levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Aug 2013
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I bought this book as a present for my husband along with a bottle of the whisky which was reproduced according to the original to which this book refers.He was delighted. A great book about a great man and a great story about the whisky itself. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shackeltons Whisky 13 July 2013
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A new look at the life of Shackelton - This is an interesting book and well worth the read and the money..
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4.0 out of 5 stars my dad readit before me..
he said it was a great and harrowing story of Shackelton and his men, but the discovery of the crates of whiskey encaptures the sense of commradeship when perhaps a few bottles... Read more
Published 12 months ago by NELLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Shackle tons whisky
Great book very representative of the bottle I just given as a present a great insight to the hardships they went through would recommend
Published 13 months ago by G. Ellington
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Father's Day read
I've struggled to decide if this is worth an extra star to take it to 4 but I've decided to keep it to 3. It reads like 2 books, one about Shackleton and one about the whisky. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DCheyside
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing account of Shackleton's expedition
Well written and captivating account of Shackleton's journey over a hundred years ago. Incredible day to day story of human relationships and the struggle to realise a dream. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs A.M.Cartlidge
5.0 out of 5 stars good for british history
very good book ,like it a lot.good to read with a fine whisky.I want to taste this whisky if I can find a bottle.
Published 16 months ago by john.r.ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a wee read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly as my wife insisted, with my help, that I read it liberally supported by wee drams of the "Amber Nectar", throughout! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. William Frewen
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