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Historic Antarctic whisky thawed

Published 13/08/2010 | 06:47

A century old Scotch whisky crate that was trapped in Antarctic was finally opened
A century old Scotch whisky crate that was trapped in Antarctic was finally opened

A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped "on the rocks" of Antarctic ice for a century has been finally opened - but the heritage dram will not be tasted by whisky lovers as it is being preserved for its historic significance.

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The crate, recovered from the Antarctic hut of renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton after it was found there in 2006, was thawed very slowly in recent weeks at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

The crate was carefully opened on Friday to reveal 11 bottles of Mackinlay's Scotch whisky.

They were wrapped in paper and straw to protect them from the rigours of a rough trip to Antarctica for Shackleton's 1907 Nimrod expedition.

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