The replica Mackinlay's "Shackleton" Rare Old Highland Malt is a blended malt containing whisky from a range of Highland malts, including Glen Mhor, which was the original Mackinlay’s distillery before it closed in 1983.
Limited to 50,000 bottles, it was bottled at 47.3% ABV, is non chill-filtered and has had no added caramel colouring. It comes in a replica bottle and wooden box.
Blender's Tasting Notes:
Color: Light honey, straw gold with shimmering highlights.
Nose: Soft, elegant and refined. Delicate crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple. Notes of oak shavings and smoke. Hints of vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg.
Taste: Plenty of impact on the palate; a tantalising array of flavours,harmonious and exhilarating.
Box: A unique, stand-out hexagonal "shipping case" with an open "see me" window on the front panel. The raffia-encasing of the product is reminiscent of the original straw-bound bottles discovered in the Antartic. A holographic badge issues authenticity.
Bottle: A painstaking process was followed to ensure all bubbles and imperfections in the original were replicated. In effect, the glass manufacturer turned off all the modern-day quality controls.
Label Set: All lettering was meticulously drawn by hand to ensure a perfect match to the original. Paperstocks were selected to perform as the original stocks of over a century ago