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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

Good depth and balance. Decent blended malt.

Pretty good for the price

12th October 2019

no rating

To expensive

2nd October 2019

Smooth but dull

Ok its smooth it's easy to drink and you can enjoy it as an easy drink. The thing that bothers me greatly is that it just lacks sooo much flavour and body and because of this I would not buy it again.

21st September 2019

lacking body

To expensive just paid £22 for a bottle in my local store. lacking body

18th September 2019

Better Value to be had elsewhere

I’ve had many many whiskies over the last few years. Shackleton’s is on par with Johnnie Walker Red Label or Dewars White Label. It is half a point up on those two for the reason it has slightly more peat and a tiny butterscotch note. But is it good value? No. At the non-discounted price of $68 in Australia this whisky is way overpriced. It is a great example of a non aged statement hoax under cover of fancy packaging and the history it seeks to trade on. The nose betrays a thin grain-like smell which carries through on to the palate. Apparently a malt blend, but it tastes cheap and grainy like a basic mixing blended whisky i.e. A blend of grain vodka-like spirit and some malt whisky. I’d wager it is only about three years old. Much better value to be had at this or even a lower price point from just about any other whisky. I seriously think it is the worst value whisky I’ve tasted. It’s drinkable but as I say, you might as well get Dewars White Label or JW Red. I have posted this review elsewhere as I feel quite annoyed at being ripped off essentially.

16th September 2019

Lightly smoked, smooth , has to be left on a few cubes of ice for a few minutes before sipping

Absolutely superb blend, better than all my single malts, and I have 34 in my collection. The best blend since BNJ. Taken with some ice, and left for a few minutes before sipping. I always wait till ASDA drops the price to £22 a bottle and buy 4 to see me through the Winter as my main tipple.So glad I found this this one, as I felt bereaved when BNJ blend was no longer available.

14th September 2019


Stunning! It is a little jaggy, just enough to add interest. Superb depth of flavour from start to finish. My favourite whisky.

30th August 2019


Great name, but Shackleton the Explorer would turn in his grave if he knew this bottle carried his name. The worst our whisky society has tasted in the last 2 years! Simply Dreadful!

29th August 2019

A real "Marmite" whisky - delicious when diluted.

A real "Marmite" whisky.
A sniff from the opened bottle reminded me of Jeyes fluid.
Undiluted I thought it tasted like the same
Diluted to almost 50:50 is a revelation.
It is amazingly subtle - smokey sweet - I love it.
My usual tipple would be Old Pultney, Scapa or Aberlour.

15th August 2019

Really not great

I really wanted to like this, I love the story and so on, but the flavors are so brittle and bland. It has what I a young whisky hotness, a slight burn in the mid palette that ruins the development of flavour. I am not a snob that demands non CF, natural colour, 46 plus 18 plus age statement for every dram but this is disappointing. It will be fine a scotch and soda but never buying again. I just hope they are giving 50 percent of purchase price to Antarctic trust to justify the cost

9th August 2019

Copy of an original mediocrity

This scotch is so bad no wonder Shackleton left it behind in Antartica. The last thing he would have needed is to carry this bottled depression around in the extreme circumstances he was facing at the time. Not knowing the original recipe could have been a golden opportunity for Mackinlay to correct their original mediocrity.

19th July 2019

Easy going with a nice bottle.

Very easy drinking with some complexity. Nicer than many single malts. Comes in a pretty bottle and must buy if you're in to the Heroic Age of exploration (like me!). Not a total gimmick: I have brought it twice now. Often on offer for £25 or so, so shop around.

16th July 2019

Does the job

Nice I found it quite smooth very drinkable bought from ASDA cheap n cheerful will buy again

16th June 2019


Very good buy it from Asd a its cheaper

10th June 2019

Any/every day blended malt. A bargain at Booths

On a par with many single malts. Good nose of vanilla and burnt sugar. Real body and smooth afterwards. Terrific value for money.

20th February 2019

Very disappointing

Bought for me as a Christmas Gift by someone who was trying to be different. Very disappointing. When I drink Malts I drink the likes of Caol Ila & Talisker. I'm not a Malt 'snob' , I do like Monkey's Shoulder & Black Bottle for example. But this has no body, very little taste, seems to be watered down cold tea. OK if you drink a couple of glasses of it, the alcohol begins to percolate through, but in order to 'force it down' I'm resorting to improving the taste with some Dry Ginger. Back to the Monkey Shoulder next week.

6th February 2019

Very disappointing

Bought for me as a Christmas Gift by someone who was trying to be different. Very disappointing. When I drink Malts I drink the likes of Caol Ila & Talisker. I'm not a Malt 'snob' , I do like Monkey's Shoulder & Black Bottle for example. But this has no body, very little taste, seems to be watered down cold tea. OK if you drink a couple of glasses of it, the alcohol begins to percolate through, but in order to 'force it down' I'm resorting to improving the taste with some Dry Ginger. Back to the Monkey Shoulder next week.

6th February 2019


hot overly sweet lacking in depth of taste
difficult to believe this was taken to the pole at the turn of the centuary

wont be buying it again anytime soon

28th January 2019

now where can I buy it

Just recieved a bottle at xmas. Been a whiskey drinker for since 1980 and tried a few different blends and single malts, and kind of settled for Grouse as my fave blend till I tried your Shackletons blend. While it's much dearer than Grouse, it has a much fuller and smooth pleasant taste. I'm def going to be a new customer.

19th January 2019


Save your money to buy real whisky

19th January 2019


Shackletons ship, The Endurancecwas trapped overwinter in the Antarctic sea ice. 30 men set off in open boats to Elephant Island. One boat then continued across the Southern Ocean, reaching South Georgia, where they crossed a mountain range to find a whaling station and rescue.
A journey of over 700 nautical miles to avoid another winter drinking this mediocre 'blended malt'?

6th January 2019


Awesome hootch

16th November 2018


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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