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Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky (AKA Shackleton’s Whisky)

We wrote about the discovery of Shackleton’s whisky back in August 2010. (See here for details.)

Well, we wish we could say that we got the chance to taste some of the Scotch pulled from the icy cabin, but such is not our lot.

We have, however, had the good fortune of tasting a reproduction of it. Richard Paterson, known as “the nose” amongst Scotch lovers, has recreated this whisky. (For details on how this was done, see this January 4, 2012 Popular Science article.)

This whisky (94.6 proof) retails for $170 to $200 a bottle, so it is for the collector who wants a taste of history. It is quite good. The peat is very light—only supplying a hint of spine to the whiskey.  The rest is apple, caramel, grain, sugar… There is a lot there. Impressive—take it neat or with a few drops of water to fully appreciate it. (Rating ****1/2)

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