How much for Historical Whisky?

One of the primary things learned in researching whiskey for 99 Drams of Whiskey (available at a local bookstore near you. Makes a great Holiday gift!), is that the huge prices paid for some of the bottles out there have little, if anything, to do with the quality of the whisky inside said bottle. When you see a bottle of whisky go for £35,000, the money is being paid due to either the rareness of the whiskey, or its historical significance.

So what might possibly be the most expensive whisky on the planet right now? How about some whiskey found in Antarctica?

CAPE ROYDS, Antarctica — This spit of black volcanic rock that juts out along the coast of Antarctica is an inhospitable place. Temperatures drop below –50 Fahrenheit and high winds cause blinding snowstorms. The only neighbors are a colony of penguins that squawk incessantly and leave a pungent scent in their wake.

But if you happen upon the small wooden hut that sits at Cape Royds and wriggled yourself underneath, you’d find a surprise stashed in the foot and a half of space beneath the floorboards. Tucked in the shadows and frozen to the ground are two cases of Scotch whisky left behind 100 years ago by Sir Ernest Shackleton after a failed attempt at the South Pole.

There is a probability that the drink itself has been ruined by nature (deteriorated cork, exposure to oxygen, etc, etc), but the history behind them still brings an enormous amount of interest to these bottles, both from Scotch collectors and museum curators.

The story adds…

Helen Arthur, who has written six books about whiskey from her home in southern England, said it’s difficult to guess what a bottle of Shackleton’s whiskey would fetch, but if it’s in good shape and the label is intact, it could be upwards of $1,000

I’ll have to respectfully disagree with Helen here. These bottles, if they ever get out of Antarctica, will likely fetch five figures quite easily. In a world where the first bottle of a production line can fetch $50,000, whisky from the Shackletion expedition should easily match that figure.

Thanks Scott!