Three bottles of rare Scotch have been returned to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's expedition base.
Bottled in 1898 — the blend was aged 15 years prior to bottling — the famed explorer's whisky was discovered in 2010. Conservationists found the stash of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt, unopened and intact, in frozen crates under the floor boards at the abandoned base.
"Antarctica's minus 22 Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquor," the Associated Press reports.
Distiller Whyte & Mackay, now the owners to the Mackinlay brand, chartered a private jet to take three of the bottles from Antarcitca to New Zealand to Scotland for analysis.
Without comprising the bottles' contents, the distiller was able to extract a sample from one of the bottles using a syringe though a cork — the originally recipe had been lost decades ago — and recreated a limited edition of the 47 per cent proof spirit. The sales netted the Antarctica Heritage Trust aboutRead More »from Shackleton’s rare Scotch returned to Antarctic expedition base