Sir Ernest Shackleton is known as much for his camaraderie and leadership as he is for his adventurous spirit. It was with whisky that Sir Ernest Shackleton brought his crew together to toast wives and sweethearts, celebrate birthdays and above all foster a sense of team spirit that led them to succeed against the hardest of odds. To bolster team spirit on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), Sir Ernest Shackleton personally ordered 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 at Cape Royds. The whisky was excavated and flown to New Zealand where it was carefully thawed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust in a purpose-built environment and public gallery at Canterbury Museum. After its discovery frozen in the ice, world renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson, carried out painstaking analysis to re-create this antique whisky, and used this as the foundation to create Shackleton – a modern Blended Malt with ice in its DNA.
Inspired by one of the 20th century’s most charismatic leaders, Shackleton is a modern Scotch that embodies the spirit of a legend. Best enjoyed over ice. Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch is based on the spirit supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition, expertly crafted using a selection of the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
The aromas on this whisky are smooth and warming with vanilla, toffee apple, cinnamon and ginger. On the palate you will find dark sugar, sweet dried fruits and glazed pineapple giving it a freshness in addition to its more comforting and rich flavours. The finish is almost like hot mulled wine with praline chocolate and a final whisper of bonfire smoke.