Whyte & Mackay launches Shackleton blended malt whisky

15 May, 2017

Whyte & Mackay has brought out Shackleton, a blended malt Scotch whisky inspired by the eponymous British explorer.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922) led the first expedition to set foot on the South Polar Plateau, as well as breaking many other records. He set sail in 1907 in a ship stocked with rations, including 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. In 2007 - a century after the expedition - three cases of the perfectly preserved whisky were discovered, frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp. World renowned master blender, Richard Paterson, analysed this in order to recreate the antique whisky, and this was used as the foundation to create Shackleton, a new premium Scotch whisky that “embodies the legendary explorer’s spirit for today”.

To create the whisky, a selection of Highland Single Malt Whiskies have been hand-selected and brought together for an extended period of time in a combination of ex-bourbon American white oak barrels and Spanish Sherry butts to harmonise the flavours. The result is complex notes of vanilla, honey and orchard fruits.

A contribution from all sales of Shackleton whisky (rsp: £40), will be made to the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ), which will go towards the ongoing preservation of Shackleton’s 1907 basecamp on Antarctica and supporting projects that build on the legacy of Shackleton and his men. 

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