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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

Packaging, history and wonderful treat to the palate.

Loved the packaging and the history. Bought two, one to drink, one to display. Enjoy 1 oz and 1 tabelspoon water in my Churchill nosing glass and the re reading of the book "Endurance".

6th December 2020

Eminently drinkable

Absolutely smooth no need for a wee drop of water to take any edge off . Lovely

24th October 2020

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

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