Hurtigruten’s “MS Fram Whisky Project” Is An Experiment in Polar Seasoning

Hurtigruten Whisky. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten Whisky. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Two barrels of decades-old single malt whisky are now counted among the precious cargo of Hurtigruten’s expedition ship, the MS Fram. In an effort to further enhance the quality of the fine single Highlands malt scotch, the American oak barrels will ride along as guests of the ship for nearly a year before being bottled with their own unique label, the “MS Fram Expedition Whisky”. Although the name of the distiller remains a secret, it can be disclosed that it has a near multi-century history of producing some of the world’s finest whiskies. The voyage began in Hamburg in October with bottling expected to take place in July 2014.

Hurtigruten Whisky on the Dock. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten Whisky on the Dock. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

On their voyage aboard the expedition ship, the two 150-liter barrels will journey across four seafaring lines: the northern and southern polar circle, the zero Meridian and the equator.

MS Fram Captain Arild Harvik notes that Hurtigruten’s hope is that the continuous rolling wave movements, temperature changes and sea air will further improve the excellent quality of the single malt. After a voyage of more than 78,000 miles, the cask-strength whisky will be bottled directly from the barrel in a limited edition of no more than 200 bottles per barrel. Hurtigruten expects to begin selling the bottles, which will come with a whisky diary and certificate, in the expedition ship’s shop beginning this fall. Guests will also be able to sample the “MS Fram Expedition Whisky” at the onboard bar.

Whisky Being Loaded on the MS  Fram. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Whisky Being Loaded on the MS Fram. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Built in 2007, the MS Fram will offer two springtime voyages that focus on the topic of whisky and its origins. Both journeys begin in Bergen, Norway and are accompanied by a Scottish lecturer and whisky expert, who is keen to share his broad knowledge and expertise about his home country and its national drink.

Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com, part of the USA Today Travel family, TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom and writes for several other print magazines and online media outlets.

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