Shackleton's brandy sparks interest

DEIDRE MUSSEN
Last updated 13:33 26/01/2013
A bottle of century old brandy found frozen under polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic hut has links to a Hunter Valley distillery in New South Wales.
A bottle of century old brandy found frozen under polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic hut has links to a Hunter Valley distillery in New South Wales.

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A bottle of century-old brandy found frozen under polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic hut has sparked interest from an Australian winery.

"Here is something unbelievably rare and it's been almost locked in time for a century or more," Tyrrell's Wines managing director Bruce Tyrrell said.

The company bought the Hunter Valley Distillery in New South Wales 30 years ago, which produced the base wine for the historic brandy. Many of the same vines planted there at the start of last century, which would have been used to make Shackleton's brandy, still produced wine.

In 2010, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators found a stash of five crates of liquor buried in ice under the floorboards at the Cape Royds hut, which Shackleton used for his failed 1907-09 South Pole expedition. Three crates were filled with whisky bottles and two contained brandy.

Three of the crate's 11 bottles of the 'Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky' were sent to Scottish distillery Whyte & Mackay, for analysis and replication in 2011.

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