Mackinlay's Shackleton Rare Old

Mackinlay's Shackleton Rare Old

(0.75l, 47.3%)

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Rich, coating, complex, and intriguing — and a killer story to boot.

Whyte & MacKay Blenders have been doing great work since the mid 1800s. They hire the most skilled blenders and contract rare and premium barrels of Whiskies — mostly from Scotland. They then do short-run, proprietary bottlings that are some of the best in the word. The list of their famous accomplishments is far too long to reprint here. But this Whiskey is a fine addition to the list.

Mackinlay's Shackleton Rare Old has an amazing story behind it. Noted Scottish Whisky collector Vijay Mallya got his hands on a case of Whiskey recovered from the famous Ernest Shackleton in 2007 — left trapped in Antarctic ice for more than one-hundred years. He shared a dram with Richard Patterson — master blander for Whyte & MacKay. The two then set out to recreate the flavor profile in a Scottish Whisky. It’s a remarkable story and a remarkable Whisky too. no, it’s more. It’s a Whisky masterpiece. 
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  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Other Scotch Whisky
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden Straw.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Complex doesn’t begin to related the depth of flavor — from fresh-baked peasant bread and whipped butter to crushed apples and herbs.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Viscous and mouth-coating — but light at the same time — with more autumn fruit, orange zest, butter-nut toffee, and more.

Rich with a strong finish that adds shortbread cookies to the flavor profile. 
Ratings & Reviews
Not too sweet. Just the right smoothness
All I know is the drink taste good but it's wasn't what I order from the picture
what did the bottle look like? A blue label?
Smooth for it's ABV, with a mild attack and sweet finish. The zest and fruitiness mixed with the buttery/toffee finish make for a relatively unique expression. Enjoyable, but not in the way most scotch whisky's are. It's a 7 with a bonus point for being 47% ABV. Well worth it for the price and a fine addition to any bar.
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