Antarctica : Whisky Diaries

It may not seem like the most dynamic of museum exhibits: visitors stare through a glass pane at an inert, soggy wooden crate with a bit of straw poking out the top.

But the crate, which attracted TV crews when it went on display in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 21, is packed with an adventurous history a and perhaps a dozen bottles of a much-coveted Scotch whisky.

The crate belonged to famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. It's one of three crates of whisky and two of brandy that were discoveredAentombed in ice under a small wooden hut he built a century ago in Antarctica during an attempt at the South Pole. The crates were first spotted in 2006, but conservators were only able to bring the special tools needed to painstakingly free them in February.>


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Posted: August 16th, 2010
at 8:16am by Koookiecrumbles

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