Explorer's Long-Lost Scotch Is Returned to Antarctica
Shackleton's stash is going home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2013 7:55 AM CST
A crate of the long-lost Scotch, found in 2010.   (AP Photo/Antarctic Heritage Trust)

(Newser) – Talk about whisky on ice: Three bottles of rare, 19th-century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent today. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key personally returned the Scotch to Antarctic Heritage Trust officials at a ceremony at New Zealand's Antarctic base on Ross Island. The bottles will be transferred by March from Ross Island to the desolate hut at Cape Royds, where they had been forgotten for 102 years.

The bottles of Mackinlay's whisky, bottled in 1898 after the blend was aged 15 years, were among three crates of Scotch and two of brandy found in 2010 beneath a basic hut Shackleton had used during his 1907 Antarctic excursion. Distiller Whyte & Mackay, which now owns the Mackinlay brand, drew a sample with a syringe through a cork of one of the bottles. The original recipe is long gone, but the distiller recreated a limited edition of 50,000 bottles.

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Doublewhiskeycoke
Jan 19, 2013 4:19 PM CST
How much would these bottles go at auction? If I had found these I would send one to Antarctic Heritage Foundation and I would have enjoyed the other two.
BrushMan
Jan 19, 2013 11:08 AM CST
The guy with the syringe switched all the hootch with iced tea. Ernest will never know the difference.
Chatsworth
Jan 19, 2013 11:07 AM CST
I'm surprised they didn't get drunk by someone.