Shackleton The Journey
70cl / 47.3% abv
The second release in the Shackleton project from Whyte & Mackay, this blended malt is based on Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt, a whisky discovered under the ice of the Antarctic, left behind from Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907 expedition to the South Pole.
Eleven bottles of Mackinlay's were discovered in 2007, ten of which were in perfect condition. Whyte & Mackay's Master Blender, Richard Paterson, then spent weeks in the laboratory nosing, tasting and deconstructing the components in order to recreate the lost malt. The resulting blend includes a wide selection of Highland malts, including very old Glen Mhor, which was the original Mackinlay's distillery before its closure in 1983.
The nose has elegant notes of crushed apple, pear and pineapple, with oak shavings smoke and sweet hints of vanilla, caramel and nutmeg. The palate has an abundance of tantalising flavours, revealing a spirit with plenty of impact.