About Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Launched by independent bottlers Whyte & Mackay this blended malt whisky is inspired by legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by the three cases of Scotch discovered, frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp at Cape Royds.
To bolster team moral on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), Sir Ernest Shackleton brought aboard 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. The case was discovered in 2007 a century later, the 11 bottles perfectly preserved. The bottles were excavated and flown to New Zealand where they were carefully thawed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. The whisky is now on display at the public gallery at Canterbury Museum.
World-renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson meticulously analyzed the antique whisky to re-create the Shackleton spirit, using it as the foundation of this modern whisky. After much scientific analysis of the salvaged bottles, it was discovered that the original Mackinlay’s was actually a single malt distilled at Glen Mhor in Inverness, matured in American oak Sherry casks and bottled at 47.3% ABV. The whisky has a subtle smoky character from the use of Orkney peat to dry the barley.
This Shackleton whisky is comprised of a selection of Highland single malts, which were married in a combination of ex-bourbon American white oak barrels and Spanish Sherry butts. The result is a beautiful reenactment, with subtly peaty notes and a rich complex flavor profile of smooth vanilla, glazed fruits and a whisper of bonfire smoke.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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