Antarctic Explorers' Century-Old Whisky Found

Distillery's Antarctica expedition recovers abandoned booze

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2010 6:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Seven crates of whisky and brandy left behind by Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition have been recovered after over a century locked in the Antarctic ice. The expedition was forced to turn back short of reaching the South Pole in 1909 and left many supplies—including what must now be the world's best-chilled booze—behind under a hut.

The team of New Zealanders who recovered the crates say at least some of the bottles still appear to hold liquid, the AP reports. Their expedition was sent by the Whyte and Mackay distillery, which is considering using the recovered spirit to resurrect the now-defunct brand of Scotch they supplied to Shackleton's men. The find is "a gift from the heavens for whisky lovers," the firm's master blender says.

The Southern party of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, which came within 96 miles of the south pole on January 9, 1909 before having to turn back.
The Southern party of Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, which came within 96 miles of the south pole on January 9, 1909 before having to turn back.   (Getty Images)
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If the contents can be confirmed, safely extracted and analyzed, the original blend may be able to be replicated. Given the original recipe no longer exists, this may open a door into history. - Richard Paterson, master blender
at Whyte and Mackay

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