Last updated: 16 august, 2010 - 14:06 GMT

Whisky from Shackleton's 1907 expedition to be opened

Sir Ernest Shackleton's base camp in Antarctica (photo: February 2010)

Shackleton's expedition team spent the Antarctic winter in a hut

The recipe for Mackinlay's Scotch Whisky from 1896 no longer exists, but a crate of it still does.

Label on a bottle of whisky found in a crate at Sir Ernest Shackleton's camp in Antarctica

The bottles were wrapped in paper and straw to protect them

It was recently discovered in the Antarctic ice outside the hut used by the famous explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The eleven bottles have been defrosted by a museum in New Zealand and samples are being sent back to the original distiller in Scotland.

The whisky is unlikely to be drunk, but its make-up and historical significance will be carefully analysed.

One of those who will analyse it is Richard Paterson, a master blender, in Glasgow.

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First broadcast 13 August 2010

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