Mackinlay Shackleton - The Journey Single Malt
70cl, 47.3% abv
The Journey edition of Mackinlay's Shackleton takes the same base of single malts used to create the original Discovery edition and, still inspired by the original recipe, builds on them to create a noticeably different dram. Lovely elegance and a well balanced blend of olden days. This second edition of the replica Mackinlay's was prompted by a request from the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the charity which discovered the whisky, buried in ice for 100 years. The charity wanted to find ways to raise much needed funds for the conservation of the expedition bases on the Antarctic and £5 from every bottle sold will be donated to the Trust. This is a terrific looking bottle and packaging. It would making an amazing present for every whisky lover with the proceeds going to a very noble cause.
Colour: Golden straw.
Nose: Slight smoke notes yield to some fruit; mainly crushed apple. Thereafter, vanilla, ginger, and a note of liquorice.
Palate: Initially pepper on entry, then a note of peat. Not over-burdening peat but certainly more than a little bit. Grapefruit, wood and drying towards the end.
Finish: Long and very dry with peat, wood shavings and smoke.