Mackinlay's Shackleton Rare Old Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - The Discovery

Highlands, SCOTLAND
$199. 00 Bottle
$2388.00 Dozen
ABV: 47.3%
When Sir Ernest Shackleton commenced his famous expedition in 1907, he ordered 25 cases of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky to take with him. One hundred years later, eleven intact bottles containing the perfectly preserved whisky where discovered under the ice. It inspired Richard 'The Nose' Paterson to recreate this historic dram. There were two versions made - one called "The Journey", the second, "The Discovery".

In the creation of the latter, analysis of the antique established the strength of the whisky at 47.3% alc/vol, the fact that Orkney peat was used in the malting, and that the spirit had been matured in American white oak sherry casks. The replica drew on malts from Glen Mhor and Dalmore distilleries, amongst others.

Off the market for some time now, we have recently chanced upon one bottle. Excellent condition. Comes with timber presentation box, cork stopper and booklet.

Other reviews... Rarely has a blend caused as much excitement as this one, but with good reason. This is also known as the Shackleton whisky, and is a recreation of the whisky abandoned in the Antarctic by explorer Ernest Shackleton more than 100 years ago. It has lemon, spring blossom, and wafts of smoke on the nose. The taste is full and citrusy, with peat and pepper in attendance. Beautifully balanced and outstanding, but there are just 50,000 bottles, so snap it up. 92 points - maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dominic Roskrow (Summer 2011)

Notes from Whyte & McKay… 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. 47.3% Alc./Vol.