Historians brought three bottles of hundred-year-old whiskey back from a cache of supplies left during one of famed explorer Shackleton's expeditions to Antarctica. A whiskey manufacturer vows to open and taste them - for science, of course.
Sir Ernest Shackleton spent a lot of time in the Antarctic in the early part of the twentieth century, and he left a lot of stuff behind. On one infamous mission in 1914, he left an entire ship behind, albeit only in wreckage. Shackleton's ship, The Endurance, was trapped in the Antarctic ice, and crushed between floes. Amazingly, despite being trapped in ice, and later on the uninhabited Elephant Island for a year, every member of the party survived.
Now some of the things Shackleton left behind on an earlier mission are being brought home. In 1908, a younger Shackleton was racing to get to the South Pole. He and his crew landed in Antarctica and set up a little hut to shelter the group and store supplies. Beneath the floor boards of the hut, they placed two crates of whiskey and two crates of brandy, neither of which they took back with them. Three bottles of the whiskey were found last year, and recently have been returned to Whyte and Mackay, the original manufacturer of the whiskey. Whyte and Mackay will give the bottles over to their master blender to be sniffed, tasted and tested. The bottles are over a hundred years old, manufactured in the late 1890s, and its makers believe that seeing how it held up after around a century at below 30 degrees celsius will be of great informational value.
There is no word, at this time, as to how one becomes the 'master blender' of Whyte and Mackay.