Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:33 am
Read more on the frontpage or at News.com.auEXPERTS believe they have uncovered a secret drinker on Sir Ernest Shackleton's polar expedition after opening a crate of whisky buried under Antarctic ice for 100 years. The whisky, bottled for the renowned British explorer's 1907 expedition, was excavated from beneath his Antarctic hut earlier this year and taken to Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Mackinlay's whisky crate was frozen solid but the minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22F) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquid. The crate has been painstakingly thawed in controlled conditions over the past few weeks and was opened Friday to reveal only 11 bottles of Scotch, carefully wrapped in paper and straw for protection.