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Mackinlay's

Perhaps the most endearing tale of Mackinlay is one some of you may remember from February 2007. Workers from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, trying to restore Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut in Antarctica happened upon three cases of Scotch, labelled: ‘Rare old Highland malt whisky, blended and bottled by Chas. Mackinlay & Co’. They were preserved in the permafrost, having been intended for what Shackleton was planning to call the Endurance expedition but ended up being known as the Nimrod expedition of 1907.

In 2011, Richard Paterson secured three of the bottles for analysis, which lead to the recreation of the original whisky as a blended malt. Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey and Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt are the fascinating, and delicious result.

Mackinlay's is currently owned by Whyte & Mackay, after Scottish Newcastle Breweries Ltd, Waverley Vintners Ltd and Invergordon Distillers all previously held going back to 1961. But the brand is 140 years old than this, and until this point was a family owned enterprise. Charles Mackinlay, initially an agent for Macfarlane’s whisky, established himself in 1815 as a wine merchant in Leith, before in 1847 he registered ‘The Original Mackinlay’, the backbone of the burgeoning brand. In 1892, Mackinlay's adopted ‘Leith & Inverness’ on its labelling after it was involved in building Glen Mhor distillery in Inverness.

By the early 1980s the brand was the 11th best-selling Scotch in the UK, led by Mackinlay’s Legacy, and Mackinlay's Original Blended Scotch Whisky. The same recipes are still adhered to today by Whyte & Mackay’s master blender Richard Paterson, across the single malt, blended Scotch and vatted malt editions that are bottled under the brand.

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey

70cl, 47.3%

The 2007 discovery of whisky left in Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton during his famous expedition in the early 1900s led to Richard 'The Nose' Paterson using all his skill and experience to…  More info

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey
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$113.43
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Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt

70cl, 40%

Inspired by the whisky left behind by Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton in the early 1900s and discovered frozen but intact over 100 years later, this blended malt continues in the footsteps of The…  More info

Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt
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$37.83
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Mackinlay's Original Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl, 40%

Made with malt and grains whiskies aged in excess of 5 years, this blended Scotch whisky comes from the Mackinlay's range, which has a long history in the whisky world. For example, Mackinlay's was…  More info

Mackinlay's Original Blended Scotch Whisky
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$34.58
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The Original Mackinlay (1L) - 1990s

100cl, 10%

We think that this bottle of The Original mackinlay was produced in the 1990s. Part of the long-running series of whiskies created by Charles Mackinlay & Co., a company that has been in the whisky…  More info

The Original Mackinlay (1L) - 1990s
$175.37

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Legacy 1L - 1970s

100cl, 43%

A very rare bottling of Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Legacy blended Scotch whisky, which we think was produced in the 1970s. It's got a rather interestingly shaped bottle, not unlike that of Jura…  More info

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Legacy 1L - 1970s
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$292.28

Mackinlay's Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s

A blended whisky from the same brand that Shackleton chose to take to the Antarctic! This old bottling is thought to date from the 1970s. Please note that the label does not state the volume or…  More info

Mackinlay's Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s
$259.81

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Legacy - 1970s

75cl, 40%

12 year old blended Scotch whisky from Mackinlay's, produced all the way back in the 1970s. These bottles are very rare and collectible. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Legacy - 1970s
$233.83

The Original MacKinlay (75cl) - 1990s

75cl, 40%

Made with malt and grains whiskies, The Original MacKinlay is a true classic of the Scotch whisky world. This particular bottling was produced in the 1990s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Original MacKinlay (75cl) - 1990s
$129.90

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Whisky - 1970s

75cl, 43%

An antique bottle of Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Whisky, which we think was produced in the 1970s for the Spanish market. Collectible stuff for whisky enthusiasts. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Mackinlay's 12 Year Old Whisky - 1970s
$233.83

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery

70cl, 47.3%

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…  More info

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery
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Mackinlay's Blended Scotch Whisky

150cl, 40%

Mackinlays is a great blend based around malt whisky from the Glenkinchie distillery.  More info

Mackinlay's Blended Scotch Whisky
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Mackinlay's Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s

76cl, 40%

A 1970s 75.7cl bottling of Mackinlay's Old Scotch whisky, a blend from this wel-known brand. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Mackinlay's Old Scotch Whisky - 1970s
$194.86

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