In the Spirit of It

Shackleton's long-lost whisky

Jul 8, 2011
Outside Magazine
Rare Old Highland

Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky    Photo: Courtesy of Whyte and Mackay

This summer, nearly two years after two crates of Scotch whisky left on Ross ­Island by Ernest Shackleton during his 1907 Nimrod expedition were recovered, Glasgow distillery Whyte and Mackay releases its much-anticipated Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky, based on that 100-year-old blend. To re-create it, Whyte and Mackay’s master blender, Richard Paterson, analyzed the recovered stock over eight laborious weeks, then mixed together 25 eight- to thirty-year-old malts to clone the singular taste of the Mackinlay’s original. As for Shackleton’s supply, it’s back on ice beneath the floorboards of the hut where it was discovered—a perpetual toast to the famously profligate explorer. $228;