Top 10 historical spirits discoveries

16th September, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Whisky Galore I

SS-Politician-whiskyIn 2013, two rare bottles of whisky recovered from the sunken 8,000 tonne SS Politician, which inspired the book and film Whisky Galore, headed to auction. The ship was bound for Jamaica ran aground and later sank off the Island of Eriskat in the Outer Hebrides in February 1941, with 28,000 cases of malt whisky on-board. The crew members were unharmed, but islanders raided the wreck and hid hundreds of whisky cases from excise officials.

Two bottles salvaged in 1987 by Donald MacPhee when he explored the wreck were sold by Scotch Whisky Auctions in May last year, together fetching £12,050. “Everybody loves the idea of the wily islanders diving to the bottom of the wreck and coming back up with bottles of whisky which they would then hide from the customs,” said Scotch Whisky Auctions director Bill Mackintosh. “But it is true that there are only eight which have been authenticated recently, and these are two of those which were sold at Christie’s some time ago.”

One Response to “Top 10 historical spirits discoveries”

  1. Dave Gunns says:

    Shackleton’s whisky????

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