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Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt

(70cl, 40%)

Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt

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Shackleton Blended Malt Bottling Note

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 Discovery and The Journey. It's created once again by Master Blender Richard Patterson based on the flavour profile of Shackleton's favourite tipple, though now more accessible than the aforementioned limited edition releases.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Golden Grahams and crunchy brown sugar. A hint of cinnamon-dusted malt.

Palate: Juicy apple and orange, with contained honey richness.

Finish: Lingering butterscotch and waxy orange.

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Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt Reviews


Not expected what some other reviewers obviously were. I think I was approaching it the other way around...
Was expecting a gimmick: found it a nice blend; layers of interest. Drank alongside Toki and Monkey Shoulder to test the three blends: and it compares most favourably esp. if found at a good price.
My favourite of the three and heads above the Johnnie Black...

13th October 2018

Bloody Liars

I have the first edition of the Shackleton whisky that was supposed to be the ONLY release. It's a nice replica whisky at 47.3% ABV. Mackinlay's went for the money and released a second edition, again at 47.3%. (The original marketing explained that the higher alcohol content was needed so it would not freeze in the antarctic, and was fundamental to recreating the original bottling.) Now we have a cheap mass market 40% blend with a Shackleton label. This is on sale in the states as low as $19, so don't think for a second it is anything like what the Shackleton expedition enjoyed. Create some replica Antarctic ice in your freezer instead, and drop it in a better whisky.

26th September 2018

Great story, great whisky...

... check the price though. For the £25 or so I paid, I think this is outstanding, easily as good single malts at this price point. As a £35 blend you'd expect something pretty special though and it's very good but not quite there for me at that price but the competition is fierce these days. All said, sub £30 it's straight in there as one of my new found favourites.

9th September 2018

A lot of whisky for the price - good complexity, but not challenging

This is not trying to be an aged single malt for sipping, so it is important to look at it for what it is. It's a Scotch made for drinking, at a nice price, with a good depth of flavour which works well over ice, mixed or a little splash of water.

31st August 2018

The lads are spot on again.

Yep. Just as the lads say at M.O.M unmistakably golden grahams. Never quite sure I ever really liked them. Burnt bitter honey or sugar. This whisky is ok. Not great not poor. A hint of this a hint of that. Nothing note worthy. Worth a swill if its on offer.

21st August 2018

Nice complexity

For the price, this has much more complexity than a lot of other blended scotch whiskies. It has a caramelized pear aroma, with some ginger and pepper notes. On the tongue, it is smooth, sweet, leading to a slightly smoky and long finish.

1st August 2018

Excellent value and experience!

I'm on my second bottle of this delightful, and surprising blend! As noted earlier, the value is certainly there, and unless you are a single malt snob, you will definitely enjoy spending some time exploring this bottle!

7th May 2018

A ridiculous bargain, it's a belter!!

Hugely impressed by this, my expectations were neither here nor there since learning more and more about blends - knowing that there are some little belters out there and this is one. It's obviously neatly branded, and I feel it's warranted - I'm not going to write a tasting review - only to say it's up there with Campbeltown Loch and JW Double Oak. Not on flavour per say, but certainly for the complexities and layers.

10th April 2018


The first Paterson/W&McKay creation I've seen that wasn't the colour of Irn Bru (see Fettercairn, Dalmore etc). Quite impressed with this; reminds me of an old fashioned Highland blend with the earthy cocoa, fragrant Heather and hints of peat.

Amazing nose. Big on the palate. Nice praline finish. Very good blended malt.

6th March 2018

Value and taste!

A good value blend. A little youngish though and hot, very good bang for your buck.

Sweet with very little else to interfere with a big orchard fruit delivery, butterscotch, honey, a hint of rough edges.. Smoke.

21st February 2018

Excellant,well worth the price.

Excellent scotch. Recommend it highly. Well worth the purchase. can't wait to try some of the other Shackletons

16th February 2018

Don't Buy One, .....Buy Four.

After first taste went out and bought another 3 bottles, all be it at different prices varying from £3o at co op to £ 25 at Morrisons. but wanted to make sure I had a few bottles of this gorgeous blend.
One to cozy in front of the log fire with on a Winters Night. The best blend Ive tasted since they stoped BNJ, which was the best blended whisky Ive ever tasted.

9th February 2018

An excellent Blended Malt....

An execellent Blended Malt, given to me as a present and has restored my taste for Scotch.

30th January 2018

I'll be giving this one away...

Strong alcohol on nose and in mouth. Too complex and peaty. Not enjoyable and way too young for the price. A bit of a gimmick I'm afraid.

29th January 2018

A nice blend for a value.

It's definitely not refined but it's pretty tasty and straightforward. It's sweet and rich with orchard fruit and butterscotch, though. I have tried a couple bottles and will prolly choose it over monkey shoulder for my blend.

13th January 2018

Young, hot, bland

At this price there are superior blended malts and even blends. It's almost exclusively bourbon casked and suffers from its youth.

5th December 2017

Really nice

Just a very nice whisky. One for the hip-flask when out on the moors and hills.

24th November 2017


Excellent malt. Whisky like it used to be. I’ll be ‘stocking up’ on this one!

22nd November 2017

Good smoky blend.

A great first smoky scotch. I would highly recommend a second unbiased tasting to the poor reviewers here. No it's not top shelf but second shelf gladly for the low price.

17th November 2017

Satisfyingly useful

You have to realize, this is whisky based on something used for survival & medicinal purpose like a warm fire or a sharp knife.
I doubt the explorers swirled, sniffed and compared.
I feel humbled that a few coins will help preserve the Shackleton legacy.
Thank you Mister Paterson.

11th October 2017

Not great.

All I'm getting is a burnt peat aftertaste, and a weak, watery initial impression. I took it straight, btw. Johnny Walker Black is actually better.

7th October 2017

Legendary Explorer, Decent Whisky

Classy nod to a legendary explorer's personal dram. Whilst not the most exciting blend on the market, more than merits the price tag. Far better than the average Scotch available in this price class locally.

17th September 2017

Not for me

If youre expecting it to be anything like the wonderful mackinlays rare old highland malt, then youre going to be sorely disappointed. Even if youre not expecting that i didnt find it to be a decent whisky. Spend the money on benromach 10 which is a proper old fashioned beaut

8th August 2017

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