For those of us who are Sir Ernest Shackleton groupies, this story is wonderful. Five crates of whisky and brandy belonging to Shackleton have been recovered from under the Antarctic ice after 100 years. Just for the record, as we wait to receive our estimated 30 inches of snow today, I am burying crates of my favorite wine under the house for the regulars of my blog to recover after my demise.
The spirits were supplied by the venerable Scottish distillers Whyte and Mackay and found underneath Shackleton’s Antarctic hut. The hut is being restored by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. Thank God it was not the Scots who did the work or we would have heard about five empty crates being found under the hut.
One crate is labeled Charles Mackinlay Co. and another was labeled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale.
The team believes that the crates may have simply been forgotten. I am glad the team did not live to learn that they were feeding on fried penguin and hot water with a trove of booze under their feet.
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