Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery
Mackinlay’s Shackleton Details
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Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Mackinlay’s Shackleton Bottling Note
Yes, this is it – an exact replica of the whisky left in Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton during his Antarctic expedition between 1907 and 1909. The whisky was recreated down to the very last detail by Whyte and Mackay’s blender extraordinaire, Richard Paterson. The final replica bottle of Mackinlay’s blend contains whiskies from Speyside, the Island, and the Highlands, and the recipe even includes some very rare 1983 Glen Mhor!
This is a limited release of 50,000 bottles, and £5 from each bottle will be donated to the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Click here to read more about this fantastic endeavour on our blog.
From Whyte and Mackay…
Colour - Light honey, straw gold with shimmering highlights.
Nose - Soft, elegant & refined. Delicate aromas of crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple arouse the senses. The spirit is exciting and vibrant with attractive notes of oak shavings that release hints of buttery vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg. A whisper of marmalade, cinnamon and even a tease of smoke, ginger and muscovado sugar completes this spectrum of delight.
Taste - With a generous strength of 47.3% this gives the spirit plenty of impact on the palate but in a mild warming manner. Harmonious and exhilarating. Whispers of gentle bonfire smoke slowly give way to spicy rich toffee, treacle and pecan nuts. These enticing flavours linger lovingly on the palate but are soon combined by a sensual, complex array of creme brulee, orange rind and freshly baked bread. It is a remarkable tapestry of tantalising taste sensations which truly rewards the palate.
Happy Man - All is peaceful for Christmas
£97.96 a bottle???
'The nose is a winner'
Jesus some of you are morons!!
N: Conjuring farm yards and country walks in hot summers, dry cowpats, diary, glycerol, milk of magnesia, hints of apple/pineapple, pepper, ginger, some meatiness, ham in particular, shnapps, french bangers [light sulphur and cardboard - in a good way], sweetcorn, melon, butter, all-spice. Wow this is a pictorial nose - its conjuring images and places of my childhood! Amazing nose
T: Fairly innocuous arrival, honey, spice, wood, malt, buttery, most reminiscent of speyside but with a highland edge, [I'm guessing]. Long and lingering with some peaty notes emerging.
F: Some herbal notes, sweet and sour, good balance. Peppery aniseed and potato vodka at the death and later - cherry cough sweets and faint wood smoke.
C: The nose is a winner, the rest is only nice. Happy to drink this at £40 a bottle, after all Shackleton took standard fair on expeditions - but at £100 absolutely not!
Scores a B
3rd March 2014
First of all this is a recreation of the Whisky Shackleton took with him on the expedition, he took a average Whisky with him back in 1907 not several hundred bottles of high end quality single malt.
So the effort out into creating the exact blend of Whisky he took over 100 years ago was very extensive.
You buy This to experience a bit of history not to expect a 30yr old single malt taste.
It's not designed to be like that.
So those slagging it off get a grip and stop comparing cheese and chalk because this is about a recreation and an experience.
If you don't get that then it's wasted on you anyway.
30th January 2014
I've seen this particular bottle in many whisky shops and was kind a tempted to buy it..however recently I've had a chance to taste small sample of it for free and I was really shocked by it's quality especially when you look at the price tag.I would say that in the same league as Ballantines Finest,Bells or Famous Grouse. Basically four times overpriced crap!!!
I'm glad I had only a sample...same applies to the Macallan 1876 Replica
26th January 2014
Bought this bottle for my partner, excellant gift for any whisky lover. He had tried it at Chester Whisky Festival and loved it so was very happy when he opened it on Christmas day.
29th December 2013
Had stopped drinking scotch over forty years ago (wife complained about breath the next day). Got a bottle (in the wooden box)from a favorite nephew as a gift. Was quite satisfied with the smoothness, taste and next day affects. Will purchase the next bottle myself!!
22nd December 2013
DEEP FREEZE SPECIAL
As it is a Scottish product it is WHISKY not whiskey.
17th November 2013
I'm honored to have been apart of OPERATION DEEP FREEZE, and the first thing we did after our first mission South was toast over a glass of Shackleton. Whenever I get to taste those special flavors I feel as though I'm toasting history....not something usually found in a bar glass. Worth every penny!
5th November 2013
Bought this as a present for my mother....she loved it. It's a nice gift, well presented, and she really enjoyed the flavour of the whiskey and the Shackelton novelty....that's what makes it special, and may I say, worth every penny.
2nd November 2013
I HAVE THE 2 DIFFERENT PACKED BOTTLES IN MY COLL. FOUND HERE IN NORWAY !! THE REPLICAWHISKY MUST BE RARE BUT I WILL TRY HARD TOO OPEN THEM BEFORE 2019.
11th October 2013
wonderful whisky bought for first grandchild!!!
22nd September 2013
oh and by the way, i feel privileged to have drank this historic whiskey, oh and for the record it suits me.
12th September 2013
theres a saying say nothing and people will think your thick or speak out and remove all doubt
too pricey but certainly not shit
How can anyone say any whiskey is shite, all we can say is not for me, with such a vast range of tastes, i mean howay lets not turn into pretentious wine snobs As for overpriced, your paying for a bit of history here and limited bottles, if its too pricey dont buy simple.
12th September 2013
This blend while retailing at an outrageous price is still leaps and bounds above for example JWalker high-end blends. The price is not a reason to disparage the obviously high standard of craftsmanship displayed by the blender and calling this stuff shit is completely unfounded. I won't buy a bottle but a glass of it was a pleasant surprise for a bitter cynic.
7th September 2013
Wonderful taste with an excellent aroma. Great for those special occasions.