Explorers seeking South Pole whiskey

Nov. 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The head of a New Zealand expedition said his team is attempting to retrieve whiskey that explorer Ernest Shackleton took with him on his South Pole expedition.

Expedition leader Al Fastier said crates containing the whiskey were abandoned by the British explorer during his failed 1909 journey and are currently frozen in ice in Antarctica, The (Brisbane, Australia) Courier Mail reported in its Tuesday edition.

Fastier said his expedition team will use special drills to gain access to the trapped crates and hopefully procure a bottle of the McKinlay and Co. whiskey.

Even if the expedition is successful in its efforts, Fastier said he has no intentions of drinking the aged alcoholic beverage.

"It's better to imagine it than to taste it. That way it keeps its mystery," he said.

The Courier Mail said Whyte & Mackay, the company that owned the now-defunct McKinlay and Co., has asked for a sample of the whiskey so it could attempt to replicate it.

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