6 Feb 2010

Whisky galore for Antarctic excavators

2:12 pm on 6 February 2010

Century-old whisky and brandy has been retrieved from beneath the Antarctic hut of explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Three crates of whisky and two of brandy which had not previously been known about have been removed in a 10-day effort.

Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson says it will take weeks to determine the best way to extract and preserve the whisky and brandy.

The whisky and one of the brandy crates are from the Mackinlay label, while the other brandy is from an unknown label - Hunter Valley Distillery Ltd, Allandale.

The company Whyte and MacKay which supplied the original whisky is describing the find as a gift from heaven for whisky lovers, as it might be possible to replicate a lost recipe.