Scotch on the Rocks

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Scotch enthusiasts will be clamoring, albeit in vain, to get a taste of whisky that has spent the last century or so buried in the ice under the Antarctic outpost of early explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

According to an article in the Toronto Star, the case of antique liquor, uncovered in 2006, was only opened this week, to reveal 11 bottles of Mackinlay’s Scotch whisky, which one supposes was meant to help Shackleton keep warm during the long Antarctic nights.

According to the Star, samples of the liquid will be sent back to Scotland for analysis, but Kiwi museum curators also add that there will not be a tasting session anytime soon.

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