Whyte & Mackay has asked a team of Antarctic adventurers to salvage a batch of Scotch lost during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole a century ago.

The whisky maker company hopes the team of New Zealand explorers will be able to recover a sample of McKinley & Co whisky buried in ice since Shackleton aborted his mission in 1909.

Previous attempts to recover the whisky have failed because the crates were too deeply embedded in ice, but the team intends to drill out the trapped booty when it heads to the Antarctic in January and send a bottle back to Whyte & Mackay.

Master blender Richard Paterson told the Daily Telegraph success would mean McKinley could return to sale.