MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt

Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: Whyte & Mackay
ABV: 47.3%
Score: 91 points

This is the re-creation of what’s become known as “Shackleton’s Whisky” – the Scotch left behind by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s South Pole expedition under a hut in Antarctica for more than a century. Like the original, the re-creation has a healthy portion of malt from the Glen Mhor distillery, which closed in 1983. The nose has a citrusy lemon-lime note, along with touches of green tea with honey, peaches, pears, raspberries, and blueberries. The taste is rich and buttery with a touch of green tea with lemon and honey, and just a touch of cinnamon for balance. The finish lingers nicely with lemon peel and spearmint notes. This would be an excellent whisky in any century!

Mark Gillespie

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