Tim Robinson: A Quest for Hidden Whisky Treasure
November 24, 2020 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton
Tim Robinson spends his days surrounded by whisky as the owner of Terry Robards Wine & Spirits in Lake Placid, New York. But when he heard about a case of Canadian Club that had been hidden untouched for over 40 years, he had to go search it out. “There's a lot of ifs,” he said of the hunt to find the whisky, which has now stretched over several days of digging. “It's like putting Xes everywhere and narrowing it down.” Robinson joined Whisky Advocate's #TasteWithSpace Instagram Live series on Nov. 20, following up on a previously published article detailing his efforts to uncover the location of the whisky decades after it was buried as part of an ad campaign.During the conversation, which took place on the property where the whisky is most likely buried, Robinson gave a tour of the areas he and his collaborators had already dug up. The quixotic quest has thus far yielded nothing more than plexiglass—the site's previous owner was a plexiglass dealer—but Robinson remains optimistic. He pointed out that the topography has changed over the years, with trees and root systems possibly entangling the case, and noted that it could even have sunk into the swampy ground.“I don't think this story is completely done,” he said, noting that the next step is to use ground-penetrating radar. “I'm definitely determined to try to find a little more. It's been haunting me every night. I had a dream the other night that it was right there in front of the driveway.” Even if Robinson doesn't find the whiskey, he said the effort wouldn't be a waste as it's brought together so many people from the community. “My takeaway from this whole thing is it's just been awesome. … Seeing a lot of people that remember this from the '80s and the Olympics, when they happened here,” he said.