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Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery

(70cl, 47.3%)

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery

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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 bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Discovery Reviews

A mighty fine whisky, but where to get it?

A great whisky, the only problem is where to get more! The only source is on Condor on the Channel Island Route that I can find. Going to Edinburgh in August are there any stocks there?

5th July 2019

Found some bottles last week

Found half dozen bottles in Johannesburg duty free at 50 pound a bottle only purchased one so some left last week

31st December 2018

Very good whisky.

Well I opened mine on my 61st birthday. I will say it’s very good whisky. The reason for the 4 stars is the aftertaste reninds me very distinctly of listerene. Other than that I love it.

1st September 2018

Some fine quaff!

Damn! I’m intrigued by the review below by the guy who was on the Shackleton Centennial expedition. I was on that expedition too, and there were only 11 of us. I’m R.S. I wonder who the other fellow was?

11th January 2018

for the legend

Good but more marketing than exceptional drink, better it for wonderful history than the content of the bottle... :-)

4th November 2017

Nice blend, good story.

Before anyone becomes apopleptic, my comment below is a joke. The only thing that you should put in glass of whisky is more whisky. I bought a bottle of Discovery as an investment and also the small sample bottle to taste, a nice smooth whisky with minimal peat which suits my taste, similar to, but not quite like my whisky of choice; Auchentoshen 3 wood. As a previous subscriber wisely pointed out, Shackleton was never going to take the finest malt on an exhibition, but rather a good quality blend similar to today's Grouse and that was exactly what was found 100 years later. I bought the whisky not only as an investment but also to buy into the story, the history and time warp feeling and I've got to say that it worked.

24th October 2017

Lovely whisky

Ship Endurance? 1907?
In answer to the question about the label....The labels on the whisky say it was intended for what Shackleton was planning to call the Endurance expedition but ended up being known as the Nimrod expedition of 1907, which was the earlier and lesser-known of his two great journeys but the more successful.

19th September 2017

Ship Endurance? 1907?

Lovely whisky.

Except I am confused that the label says "British Antarctic Expedition - 1907 - Ship Endurance"
1907 was the year when the second expedition started, and ship Endurance was launched in 1912.
I don't really see the connection here....
Can anyone explain please?

4th August 2017

Great whisky with amgreat story.

This was the best I had and I enjoyed some good 30 year olds. Finished my second bottle already and looking for a third.

26th February 2017

Lovely !!!

If you like whiskey, this is a treat for the buds ! You can spend two minutes once it's in the glass just savouring the aromas. I thought I had guy fawks standing next to me because of the smoky aroma.wonderfull whiskey, I fear if you are sitting comfortable and warm and settled, in a state of "content" one glass might not be enough !

5th February 2017

More than just a Whisky

The bile and vitriol of those who lack any taste or discernment should be seen as an indictment on those posting and not this Whisky. This Whisky was not and will never be just a Whisky. It is made up of unique components: An amazing story, a wonderful discovery, a feat of epic recreation, the support of a great charity, and finally the consumption of a Whiskey that tasted wonderful but was so much more than just its taste. I loved this, as did my closest friends and drank it all, and have a second one waiting for the appropriate occasion. It makes me happy just to look at it and think sometime I will repeat the tasting and bring back the satisfaction the storied Whisky brings.

26th November 2016

The Journey

I had the opportunity to drink almost an entire bottle of the second edition (The Journey) as a member of an expedition team recreating Shackleton's crossing of South Georgia for the centennial. I found The Journey quite approachable and more enjoyable than any of the far more over-hyped and overpriced single malts I have had. Not to mention the great presentation and great story. A delight. I wish I had the chance to sample the original Discovery version.

12th November 2016

Flexstas bottle

A lost present at the back of the cupboard....
Well i like it :-)

13th October 2016

Outstanding Scotch Whiskey !

This historic recreation of the Mackinlay Shackelton
Highland Scotch blended whisky is a tour de force.
In blending a whisky that is a pleasure to sip and enjoy and has a taste of history the blender has exceeded my highest expectations.

31st July 2016


Beautifully crafted whisky that puts more expensive hyped single malts to shame.

15th October 2015


I have tried over 600 whiskies and this has to be in my top 10. On a drinking night I will normally try 3 or 4 different drams but I end up drinking this all night. Richard Paterson I salute you.

14th October 2015

Victor Wilmot

The creme de la creme of Highland whiskeys. An absolute gem. Hoot mon, gie it a twirl.

30th September 2015

Oh dear

Lovely idea. But pricing it as they did cries out for the reviews below. If you want to con your friends and say that this is a bottle of whisky discovered in the Arctic then go for it. If you want to say anything else then why pay nearly £100 for a bottle? It's a blend, an average blend. Nothing more. If you want to pay that amount for this then go for it. You may as well buy a bottle of Teachers and bury it for a hundred years, see how much you get for it then.

28th December 2014

'The nose is a winner'

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

Jesus some of you are morons!!

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

£97.96 a bottle???

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

Happy Man - All is peaceful for Christmas

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

Sterling B.

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

Clan Donnachaidh

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

Special gift

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



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

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

too pricey but certainly not shit

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

Excellent taste from a fine herritage

Wonderful taste with an excellent aroma. Great for those special occasions.

31st August 2013

Why are a bunch of idiots even commenting?

People who write "over priced and tastes like shit" are probably no more than dog manure in the gutter themselves. Do you even begin to know how much research and sheer effort were involved in this? And how levely the presentation is? THAT'S why some people find it worthwhile to pay the amount asked. GET A LIFE!

25th August 2013

Don't listen to the crap reviews

This is a fantastic whiskey, given as a present and have enjoyed it to the last drop (don't collect it drink it)

14th July 2013

Life Changing

A wonderful drink for special occasions. I wish those who rated this poorly or as overpriced would share what they are comparing it to, so that others can have a better idea of what their basis is. This is definitely not a peatey whiskey- it's very slight peat that brings depth.

21st June 2013

Good whiskey and canny investment

This current run of whiskey has now finished, bought to bottles one to keep, one to drink! More than confident that I will make a few pounds in 10 yrs, better than an isa!

6th June 2013


A blended whisky that contains 8 to 30 yo whisky they say.
Nothing special imo - forget about quality here.
At 30 £ it might be ok and at 100.000 bottles its not rare.

20th May 2013

Mr Vladimir Abramovic

For me this whiskey was nothing special , Over price for nothing...

13th April 2013

shacks whiskey

over priced and tastes like shit

1st April 2013

Not worth the price tag unless you are a collector

Tried a drop at Aberdeen duty free - a good whisky, complex with lots of flavor as described above but nothing special and you can buy a similar quality for less than half this price...

21st March 2013


Not usually one to drink Scotch, but I had a sip at an event I was at and I am quite impressed with how smooth and flavorful it was.

18th March 2013

Tomas Fyhr

Mmmmmm. Very nice dram. Dry, fruit an a very small but nice hint off smoke.

22nd July 2012

Big Cat Daddy

After it sat on the tongue for a few seconds, it reveiled it's taste. And it was wonderful and warm. The fruits and toffee tastes were a thing of beauty...Thank you for the reprise. Mackinlays Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt.....worth every the wait.

6th June 2012

Mr Log

Over priced for what it is - nothing special

5th February 2012

dr dew

Tastes like peat moss

25th December 2011

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