Mackinlay's Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt

Blended Malt

Chas. Mackinlay // Scotland


community rating

4 out of 5 stars
( 47 )

From the Whyte & MacKay Blenders in Glasgow, this whisky is the brainchild of Vijay Mallya, a noted Scotch collector. Mallya brought eleven bottles of Scotch that were recovered from a 1907-1909 Antarctic expedition to Richard Paterson at W & M for recreation. The bottles were accidentally left on Antarctica by a British expedition led by Ernest Shackleton, and preserved at below-freezing temperatures for almost a century before being recovered. Paterson, the master blender at W & M, determined that the whisky was most likely from the now-demolished Glen Mhor Distillery (whose stocks are now housed at the Dalmore Distillery), smoked with peat from the Orkney Islands, and aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. In order to recreate the flavors of the Scotch, he sourced whiskies from Glenfarclas, Mannochmore, Tamnavulin, Glenrothes, Old Pulteney, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Jura. The final product is an attempt at giving a glimpse into the past by recreating the original flavor. Bottled at 47.3%, which was determined to be the original strength.

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  • Blended Malt
    Comprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
  • Cask Type
    Ex-bourbon & Ex-Sherry

Tasting Notes

"Pretty expressive from the get go, as there’s some nougat, grass, and hay to start followed by apple and coconut shavings. Nicely balanced! The mouth-feel is lovely and creamy, accompanied by vanilla peach and caramel, followed by a long orange-y finish. Finally just a touch of oak."

Score 86

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