Mackinlay's Shackelton's Rare Old Highland Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Number of bottles
47.3 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
M1185 GR08 11:29 11/01883
Added on
16 Oct 2011 7:53 pm

Average value

€ 169.90

9 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mackinlay's Shackelton's Rare Old Highland Malt

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.92 points

  1. AgentMunky scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      9 // 8.5

      Phenolic smoke, buttery malts, cherry orchards. // Creamy cookies.
    • Taste
      75 75
      7.5 // 6.5

      Dry, moreish, full-bodied, fudgey, sweet, caramelized. // Harsher with water, more spicy and creamy.
    • Finish
      70 70
      7 // 6

      Brief but rich.

  2. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Color - Honey, Straw
    Tasted on 04/28/2012
    • Nose
      80 80
      Dried fruit and floral notes, ranch hay, creamy butter, pineapple, and apple pie with cinnamon.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Rich vanilla, caramel and apple with a hint of butter and some peppery spice on the palate.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Moderate with some lingering spice and a puff of smoke. A pleasant dram but perhaps not commensurate of the hefty price tag.

  3. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft, delicate, fruity (green apples, pineapple), spicy (ginger, cinnamon), sweet, citrus, vanilla, caramel, some smoke
    • Taste
      Dry, fruity (green apples, pineapple, oranges), spicy (ginger, pepper, nutmeg), smoky
    • Finish
      Long, oranges, spicy, oaky, smoky 

  5. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The purchase is already a party, the packaging is phenomenal. The taste is complex, caramel, citrus, pepper and wood flavors.

  6. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious whisky, very glorious history and presentation and phenomenal. Mackinlay's has a hold of how you present!
    • Nose
      Comes directly into your mouth freely. Tackles you right, you have to deal with a complex whisky
    • Taste
      Let this whisky warm up in your mouth, gives a large pallet of taste notes. Especially caramel, nut, citrus and a small pepper.
    • Finish
      Long-term, very full.

  7. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Wood, pepper, sweet chilli, coffee, nutty Werther’s toffees. Elegant honey malt, very Highlandesque with a touch of Skye, [Talikser DE] and an endearing touch of sulphur, Bowmore vibe.

    T: Vibrant sherry with a sulphur hit, but its - pleasant! Bitter wood, peppery and honeyed. The sweet sherry develops further and sustains. Everything is working well with good pace.
    F: Coffee caramel slowly cuts through the wood with some consistent freshness hanging around till the end, joined with some saline and dry smoke with the sulphur lingering around the palate until your next drink or meal.
    C: Despite the sulphur throughout, its otherwise well blended and vibrant with a balanced cohesiveness - and if you can get past the sulphur its tasty.

    scores a B-

  9. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Certainly a pleasant whisky but not really 'value for money'
    • Nose
      I have a stimulating nose with a smoky character, also some heather, citrus, soft mint and then some vanilla. Nice and fresh.
    • Taste
      I have some smoked ham, pepper on the tongue and some herbs. Then he becomes more fruity with apple and citrus. Not exactly complex.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, smoky and salty.

  10. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Color: Light honey, straw gold with shimmering highlights.

    Nose: Soft, elegant & refined. Delicate aromas of crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple arouse the senses. The spirit is exciting and vibrant with attractive notes of oak shavings that release hints of buttery vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg. A whisper of marmalade, cinnamon and even a tease of smoke, ginger and muscovado sugar completes this spectrum of delight.

    Taste: With a generous strength of 47.3% this gives the spirit plenty of impact on the palate but in a mild warming manner. Harmonious and exhilarating. Whispers of gentle bonfire smoke slowly give way to spicy rich toffee, treacle and pecan nuts. These enticing flavours linger lovingly on the palate but are soon combined by a sensual, complex array of creme brulee, orange rind and freshly baked bread. It is a remarkable tapestry of tantalising taste sensations which truly rewards the palate




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