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Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey

(70cl, 47.3%)

Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey

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Mackinlay's The Journey Bottling Note

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 recreate this historic whisky, raising £250,000 for the Antarctic Heritage Trust in the process.

Approached by the charity and Alexandra Shackleton (Ernest's grand-daughter) to produce a second edition of his blended malt to coincide with Tim Jarvis' Shackleton Epic (the first authentic re-enactment of Shackleton's extraordinary Antarctic survival journey of 1916), how could Paterson refuse?

Digging out another rare cask of Glen Mhor (an even older one, this time from 1980), as well as some heavily-peated Dalmore(!), he once again recreated the Shackleton whisky, also using malts from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin, Ben Nevis, Aultmore, Fettercairn, Pulteney and Jura.

The resulting masterpiece of blending offers something different, whilst clearly coming from the same lineage as his first lovingly recreated malt. A new and critically-acclaimed interpretation of a truly classic whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Crushed apple again for sure, more floral notes too. Freshly baked crusty bread loaf, lemonade. The more delicate top notes initially hide a complex mix of engine oil, Cornflakes, dumplings, makrut lime and orange rind.

Palate: Oily and mouth coating but perhaps lighter than expected if you take the time to really immerse yourself in the nose. Orange syrup sings through with that gorgeous peated Dalmore.

Finish: Fresh bread and those little European biscuits you get with your coffee.

Overall: A comforting and old fashioned blended malt. Enjoyable and different to almost anything available today, this is a rugged, yet refined whisky. Given a free choice of spirits to see you through a tough Antarctic expedition, this really would take some beating.

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

This is class in a glass

This is a very, very good dram. The nose is fabulously complex with ever changing notes coming through. A satisfying and alluring palate of caramel and spice that slides sublimely to a sweet medium long finish with a really good balanced some coming through. Truly stunning

27th May 2020

A very enjoyable whisky.

Received as a gift. I enjoy whisky but I'm not into analysing the smell or what weird and wonderful items the taste brings to mind for some people but, for me, this really is a lovely smooth enjoyable dram. Thank you.

13th May 2018


Just tried a sample dram of the journey malt. A very superior blended malt well put together. Sweet and fruity at first then the smoke appears and mixes in everything well balanced and very complex with a long finish

1st April 2018


Amazing.. there is no words to explain about this greatest whisky I ever had..

15th February 2016

Wally M: A Must for all Whisky lovers

Well Malty Mighty Master Whisky Blenders Lovers, as would Ralfy said, with the story behind, you shouldn't miss on this one. I have got me two bottles 4 months ago, one for my collection and one for Xmas to be opened after diner. I couldn't had waited before the tasting time. But it was worth every penny and every minute. All the tasting and flavouring mentioned below and above are correct.
Great drop and historical revival in whisky world!

2nd January 2015

Thank you Master of malt

Thank you so much Master of malt for that wonderful and most welcome news. I have never won anything in my life and all of a sudden poof I won a bottle of this wonderful dram. This will be a Christmas I will never forget and just wanted you al to know how greatful I am for the winning of this wonderful dram and that I will be thinking of you all when I share this with friends and family members and will have a drink to you all so Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all of the good folk at Master of malt !

23rd December 2014


well done Richard Paterson, I can imagine this to be a perfect companion through the stormy seas, rough around the edges but still some elegance to round it off

22nd December 2014

A whisky apart

Soft and smooth with hints of honey and nuts, suddenly the peat shines through and then fades away getting overtaken by a malty sweetness that gives a pleasant aftertaste. Like it, but cant stop thinking about how Richard Paterson manages to recreate a whiskey, just blows my mind! Some kind of superpower

22nd December 2014

Length and precision in spades

On opening the bottle the first thing that hits you is a wealth of aroma immediately. This is clearly a whisky with a story to tell - and I'm not talking an antarctic story either. On the nose the whisky has loads of fruit pears, bananas, apples cinnamon, honey and a whiff of smoke sitting just in the background bringing gentle complexity and not overpowering the fruit flavours. This had such power across the fruit and yet the smoke and spice elements have been done so carefully and gently that it is a whisky of quite some considerable refinement. It's one of those whiskies that defies those who say a blend cannot be good or better than a malt - this proves that it is all in the art of the blender and their ability to use the right components in crafting something exceptional. The length on this is something indeed. I had a first taste as I came in from work and could still taste it half and hour later. The fact that it's a whisky that also has a story to tell just adds to that.

22nd December 2014

Tasted it !

I've got the bottle now and after reading all the goodies that came with this and tasting it with my old man we can both say it's a very well thought and manicured dram with very sweet tropical fruits like pineapple lychees mandarin with a oily slightly smoky taste and you can defiantly tell the dalmore is in here but first comes spaysiders from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin and Glen Rothes there is also Highland malts I can taste from old
Pulteney and Ben Nevis also some Jura the gives you supple comforting malt dram that gently flows with flavours and gives a gentle whisp of smoke from that all important Dalmore and gently fizzles out !. I can defiantly see why Sir Shackleton chose this to be his salvation on the cold Antarctic nights to keep him and his crew warm by a fire stove at night. Well worth a buy at this price and I'm definatly buying another one as this is the best blended malt currently I know of !!! 5 stars easly and more if I could !!!!

22nd December 2014


After dinner dram! A lot of anticipation for this one, its fruity, peaty, chocolaty, a lot going on! Feel the need to purchase a bottle so one can take the journey a couple times more :)

22nd December 2014

A Journey Worth Taking

Nose: Vanilla, ginger, Seville oranges, a touch of Anise, some apple, wisps of smoke, cereal and notes of Prosciutto.

Palate: Caramel, orange zest, some spice, a lttle honey, oak, some typical Highland farmyard notes, and a somewhat ethereal smoke which contributes a great deal to the complexity of the whisky on the palate albeit rather modestly.

Finish: The finish is long with notes of dried nectarines, vanilla, tobacco and smoke which reveals it's character more overtly later on in the finish when all the other flavour components have died away.

22nd December 2014


A sweet yet warming whisky. Nose: grass, sea, honey, lemon. Palate: sherry, toffee, orange, raisin, dried flowers. Finish: buttery toast, caramel, a bare hint of spice. Quite a lot is going on it this drink, but the complexity comes together to make a very pleasant drink.

22nd December 2014

Just purchased one

I'm a fan Whyte and Mackies whisky although not a huge fan but to get the chance to taste a faithful and scientific and master blened recreation of a early 1900's blended malt is just awe inspiring and a dram - (get it) come true for a huge whisky lover like me with a passion like Jim Murray for whisky of all types and even brandy and rum. This stuff is gaurrentied to taste as the original does and also consider the work and effort not to mention the research gone into it. Just look at the price of it, I mean it's a steal at this price especially as it has malts ranging from 8 to 34 years in it and has come from a bye gone earer and has had more money spent on developing the blend and research and even to learn where the peat came from and which distillary it was used by to the concoction of the distilleries that were used in the blend. I don't know about you but to me this is astonishing and they probably won't even make there money back when the research was carried out and quite possibly will be taking a loss in this. Buy a peace of history and learn what our great great grandfathers were drinking back in the day !. THANK YOU M.O.M FOR GIVING US THE CHANCE TO YRY THIS SLICE OF HISTORY !!!!

19th December 2014


I've been to Antarctica twice, but my journey was much easier...I would love to have a bottle to bring me back to the Ice in thought.

30th November 2014

trevor brown

the only thing better than a bottle of this is 2 bottles!!!!!!!!!

29th April 2014

Cardboard Box!

Wrapped in straw and presented in a cardboard box. Quite an upgrade from the wooden box of the original replica!

4th March 2014

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