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article imageErnest Shackleton's rare scotch returned to Antarctica

By Layne Weiss     Jan 20, 2013 in World
Three bottles of probably the most famous scotch in the world have been returned from Scotland to their home in Antarctica. The bottles belonged to explorer Ernest Shackleton and were flown to Scotland to try and recreate the recipe.
According to The Associated Press, the bottles were personally returned by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Even Mr. Key didn't get a taste of the whisky, which was discovered over a 100 years after Mr. Shackleton was forced to leave it behind.
"I think we're all tempted to crack it open and have a little drink ourselves now," Key joked at a special ceremony where he handed over the bottles to Antarctic Heritage Trust officials at New Zealand's Antarctic base on Ross Island.
By March, the scotch will be transferred to Ernest Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds.
The hut was built in 1908 and five crates of whisky and brandy were found buried there in 2010. The master blender at the whisky company Whyte and Mackay said the discovery was a "gift from the heavens" for whisky lovers.
In 2009, specialists from New Zealand announced plans to recover two crates of scotch. It had been known for a couple years that there were crates at Shackleton's hut, but the original plan was to conserve and restore the findings in a museum.
In 2011, one of the cases, which had Mackinlay Whisky, was flown to Scotland. Though experts wanted to analyze and recreate the recipe, it was only in the plans to return the bottles to Shackleton's hut in Antarctica.
According to Sky News, the whisky was donated to Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition.
The bottles were said to be in very good condition, and remained unopened as they were returned Saturday, The Associated Press reports.
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