Mackinlay's Shackleton's The Discovery Edition

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Old Highland Malt
Number of bottles
47.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2011 4:18 pm

Average value

€ 288.25

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Whisky Reviews for Mackinlay's Shackleton's The Discovery Edition

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.29 points

  1. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Youtube Blind Tasting Review: https://youtu.be/_zYIljxMgJs
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'The nose is a winner'

    N: Conjuring farm yards and country walks in hot summers, dry cowpats, diary, glycerol, milk of magnesia, hints of apple/pineapple, pepper, ginger, some meatiness, ham in particular, shnapps, french bangers [light sulphur and cardboard - in a good way], sweetcorn, melon, butter, all-spice. Wow this is a pictorial nose - its conjuring images and places of my childhood! Amazing nose

    T: Fairly innocuous arrival, honey, spice, wood, malt, buttery, most reminiscent of speyside but with a highland edge, [I'm guessing]. Long and lingering with some peaty notes emerging.

    F: Some herbal notes, sweet and sour, good balance. Peppery aniseed and potato vodka at the death and later - cherry cough sweets and faint wood smoke.

    C: The nose is a winner, the rest is merely nice.

    Scores a B

    REVISIT 2015
    Part of the ‘Three Legends’ masterclass Info1 Info2 Info3. According to Richard Paterson, although they weren’t totally frozen, it took ten weeks to fully defrost the discovered bottles. After lengthy negotiations at government level, Richard received three bottles, flown direct from NZ to Scotland by a private jet owned by the Kingfisher beer company. Richard professes that the replication is almost identical to the original Mackinlay 15yo. Twenty eight single malts were used to create the Shackleton blend, including a Glen Mhor [not Glenmore] cask #907 that shared the same distillation year as the original bottles.

    N: Very 'Spey', but in comparison to the Glen Grant 1952 53yo G&M WB, this is more minerally with some clay, light dry fruits and a light peppery-peatiness. Its all rather light in fact.

    T: Really accessible and rather simple, with a bold, malty arrival. Some age is definitely showing, even in comparison to the great 53yo. If this really is that close to the original Mackinlay’s, this must have been some solace to the Shackleton expedition in such extreme adversity.

    F: Mineral/stone>peat with the malt spirit enduring.

    C: On face value, a very nice, sweet, drinkable whisky. Historically its more impressive, as are the efforts that went into creating this replica.

    Scores a B[-] [86]

    REVISIT 2016

    N: Round four. Today its very Glenfiddich. Theres a lot here as I’ve noted before. Its a dense, pungent dram with a big spectrum of flavours - some meaty rancio, a little peatiness, ginger cake, sulphur/sherry notes, dense savoury vegetal, sweet tinctures & bitters. Thumbs up

    T: Theres quite a bite to this, little sips lots of water works wonders. Peppery and a little green to start but with a consistent delivery thereafter. With water its savoury-sour moving then to hazelnut praline and chocolate. Quite some intense oily chew with some aniseed/liquorice touches.

    F: More of the same. Relaxed and lingering with some vanillas, ripe, dried bananas and maca.

    C:  Like the first time i tried this, initial disappointment subsides. With consideration and appreciation, this is impressive. Today i score this the same as i did two years ago when i first tried it.

    Scores a B [87]

    Further reading cbc.ca

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good balance. Not very complex, but tasty.
    This was a blind tasting, I thought this to be a Highland Park.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, smoke of young peat, vanilla, peach, cirtus, raisins and marshmallows. A gentle sherry influence.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, ash, caramel, shortbread, peach and berries. It can stand a bit
      of water, but doesn't need it and stays consistent in taste.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, ash, dried peach, caramel and tobacco.

  4. face scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    it certainly seems Highland, reminding if only me of Teaninich. It is interesting having that sense of the shoreline; it is probably a good dram at the end of a walk in winter but it is not that friendly a whisky. Bracing rather than embracing.
    • Nose
      lemony, some mustiness
    • Taste
      a bit thin initially but then a dry bourbon style emerges with some coastal notes
    • Finish
      medium; quite drying, peat emerges along with some brine

  8. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nice "drinking whiskey" with more smoke / peat than expected. This gives the whiskey a slightly different note than the "normal" Speysider. Interesting!

  9. Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


  10. Changename scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Driet yellow fruits, nougat and a bit smoke
    • Taste
      Very smooth. Fresh berries, citrus and vanilla
      You can take a drop of water but it dont need it.
    • Finish
      First smoke but just shortly then a long citrus taste


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