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article imageCentury-Old Scotch Recovered From Antarctic

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By Laura Trowbridge     Feb 5, 2010 in World
After Sir Ernest Shackleton left behind crates of Scotch whiskey and brandy in his 1909 Nimrod expedition, the crates have now been retrieved after being discovered in 2006.
The story of the crates of whiskey first reported on Digital Journal last year have now been recovered.
The crates were first discovered in 2006 by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team, restorers working on the hut that Shackleton stayed in during his Antarctic expedition. They were buried too deeply in ice to be retrieved at the time.
The New Zealand restoration team decided to drill into the ice to recover some of the bottles, but would leave the rest behind at the site according to conservation guidelines by 12 Antarctic Treaty nations.
The team has discovered there are five crates now when it was only expecting two crates of the extinct Mackinlay and Co whiskey from their intitial discovery.
"The unexpected find of the brandy crates, one labelled Chas. Mackinlay & Co and the other labelled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale (Australia) are a real bonus," said team leader Al Fastier.
Whyte & Mackay, owners of the Mackinlay brand, launched the bid to recover the rare bottles so they could be tested to see if the original recipe could be duplicated.
Master blender for Whyte & Mackay, Richard Paterson, said this find is a "a gift from the heavens for whiskey lovers".
"If the contents can be confirmed, safely extracted and analysed, the original blend may be able to be replicated," he said in a statement. "Given the original recipe no longer exists, this may open a door into history."
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