Filed under: Spirits
Last year I mentioned that a trove of spirits crates left by Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton under the floorboard of Shackleton's small wooden shack at Cape Royds in Antarctica had been unearthed. A crate of the Charles Mackinlay & Co. whisky has now been recovered and is being slowly thawed in New Zealand. Four crates were left in the ice and the one labeled Mackinlay's whisky is now at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.
Handling 100-year-old whisky that has been subjected to such harsh conditions is no easy task. The crate has been carefully thawed in a controlled environment. Whyte & Mackay, the Scottish distillery that now owns the Mackinlay's brand, was behind the push to recover the whisky after it was discovered in 2006. It hopes to obtain for samples to test and potentially use to relaunch the defunct Scotch label. Although the whisky may be drinkable it will probably not be tasted. The museum has created a special website to keep the curious informed on the state of the project.