102-Year-Old Whisky Returns to Shackleton’s Hut after Visit to Scotland
It doesn’t belong behind a bar. It doesn’t even belong in a museum. The 19th-Century whisky recovered from Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut has been returned to its rightful place: an icy grave at the bottom of the world.
In January 2011, a team of intrepid Kiwis rescued the whisky so that Scotland’s Whyte and Mackay distillery could recreate the long-lost recipe.
Now that the whisky has been sampled (for science), the three bottles of liquor are on their way back to Antarctica. Nobody got to taste Shackleton’s whisky, not even New Zealand PM John Key, who personally delivered the 102-year-old spirits to their country of origin.
“I think were all tempted to crack it open and have a little drink ourselves now,” Key joked at a ceremony handing over the bottles to Antarctic Heritage Trust officials at New Zealands Antarctic base on Ross Island.