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100-Year-Old Whisky Returns to Scotland

Undated photo provided by Antarctic Heritage Trust via the Canterbury Museum, a whisky crate is stored beneath the floor of a hut built by British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1908 Antarctic expedition

More than 100 years ago, British explorer Ernest Shackleton buried several crates of Scottish whisky under the Antarctic ice. On Monday, three bottles of the precious liquor were flown back to Scotland.

The bottles of Mackinlays whisky were discovered in 2007, in crates marked "British Antarctic Expedition 1907" that had been tucked under the floor of a hut Shackleton built during his failed attempt to reach the South Pole. Last year, one crate was brought to Christchurch, New Zealand.

Researchers there gradually brought the century-old whisky to room temperature.

Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who owns whiskymaker Whyte and Mackay, which makes the Mackinlay brand, flew the precious cargo in his private plane from New Zealand to Scotland Monday.

Mallya hopes to recreate the whisky, which is believed to date from 1896 or 1897. The liquor will be studied in a lab in Scotland before being returned to under the floorboards of Shackleton's modest polar hut.