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MacKinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt

This is rather a famous whisky.  The short version of the story is that it is a "reproduction" of whisky, recently found in the Antartica that had been left by the Shackleton Expedition approxmately 100 years ago.  An original bottle(s) was taken back to  Scotland and a small sample extracted and that was used as basis of this reproduction.  There are lots of stories online about this and even a Discovery Channel TV show.  It is also sometimes referred to as "Shackleton's whisky".   I found the nose very malty and rich with honey, shortbread biscuit and oak.  The taste is quite smooth, more honey, smoke, wood, leather and spice.  Some darks fruits as well which makes sense as I guess they used sherry or perhaps wine casks (rather than bourbon) for maturation back in the day of Ernest Shackleton.  The finish is quite dry and sherried as well, more wood smoke and tobacco.  If, like me, you gave up smoking some time ago you might like to try this one as a reminder!   I am guessing it is blended a malt and it is definately a "man's man" type of whisky.  So much so I suspect it might be blended with testosterone.

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  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Blended Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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