An extinct brand of Scottish whisky embedded in Antarctic ice for the past 100 years could be back on supermarket shelves, if explorers manage to recover and return the lost bottles to owner Whyte & Mackay.

Two crates of McKinlay and Co whisky were lost on Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1909 expedition to the South Pole, but rediscovered in 2006 in a supply hut, where it remains. Now Whyte & Mackay, owner of McKinlay, is asking a New Zealand expedition in January to retrieve the whisky so they can recreate the blend.

"We think the lost whisky is McKinlay's Rare Old, but it could be Rare Old Malt or a McKinlay blend," said master blender Richard Paterson. "It would be great to replicate the peaty blend as it was 100 years ago, but it depends on the condition. People would like to see it because peaty whiskys are now in the ascendancy."