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 15 comments Comments 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) (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.