Shackleton The Journey
70cl 47.3% abv
Shackleton The Journey Description
The second edition in the Shackleton project from Whyte & Mackay, The Journey is a rare and unique blended malt Scotch. Following the discovery of 3 cases of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky left under the ice in Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole some 100 years earlier, Master Blender Richard Paterson spent weeks in the laboratory nosing, tasting and deconstructing the whisky. This recreation comprises a wide selection of highland malts, including very old Glen Mhor which was the Mackinlay distillery before its closure in 1983.Bottled at a strength of 47.3% abv, this blended malt has a light honey colour with shimmering straw highlights. The nose is elegant with delicate notes of crushed apple, pear and pineapple, with oak shavings, smoke and hints of buttery vanilla, caramel and nutmeg. The palate has a tantalising array of flavours, revealing a spirit with plenty of impact.
In 2007, three cases of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt were discovered under the ice in Antarctica, left behind by the Polar expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1907. One of the cases was removed from the ice and slowly defrosted in a purpose-built cool room in Canterbury Museum. The team of conservators were able to recover eleven bottles dating back to 1896/97, with ten perfectly intact, still wrapped in paper and straw.
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