Shackleton's whisky goes home

Tom Peck
Tuesday 18 January 2011 01:00

A case of whisky left behind by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and buried under the Antarctic ice for more than a century is being returned to Scotland by an Indian businessman who hopes to recreate the historic tipple.

The bottles of Mackinlay whisky were buried beneath a hut used by the explorer during his attempt to reach the South Pole from 1907 to 1909. Five cases were dug up last year and carefully thawed by museum officials in New Zealand.

One of these cases is now being returned to Scotland on the jet of Vijay Mallya – the owner of the distillers Whyte and Mackay which produces the brand.

Mr Mallya told the Financial Times: "Never before have we had access to whisky more than 100 years old that has been kept in a natural freezer."

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