Shackleton Blended Malt

Shackleton Blended Malt“I believe it is our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown”

Ernest Shackleton


1901-1903 Discovery expedition (under Capt. Falcon Scott)

1907-1909 Nimrod expedition – to South Pole

1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition

In the early years of the 20th century, Sir Ernest Shackleton led one of the most famous expeditions to the Antarctic, overcoming tremendous obstacles to ensure that all of his men returned home safely. That expedition is one of the greatest stories of exploration and leadership in history, and has inspired adventurers across the works ever since.

Shackleton ordered 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky to take on his expedition of 1907. In 2007, eleven intact bottles containing this perfectly preserved whisky were recovered from under the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp.

This has inspired our Master Blender, Richard Paterson, to create this Shackleton whisky as a personal and deeply felt project. He has combined the best highland malt whiskies, allowing them to marry over a long period to create an enigmatic blended malt with a dash of body and a whisper of smoke. It has complex notes of vanilla, honey and orchard fruits with real warmth and depth at its heart, like Shackleton himself.

A contribution from sales of this whisky will be made to the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) This will support both the ongoing care of Shackleton’s Antarctic base and the Trust’s mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration; a spirit embodied by Shackleton.

Tasting Notes


  • Vanilla
  • Toffee apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger


  • Dark sugar
  • Sweet dried fruits
  • Glazed pineapple


  • Hot mulled wine
  • Praline chocolate with a final whisper of bonfire smoke

Based on the antique whisky supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition


Iconic polar explorer, and one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.  A man whose expeditions are legendary.

Driven by the desire to conquer uncharted lands, Sir Ernest embarked on an epic journey to reach the undiscovered South Pole, leading his team on the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition.

The extreme conditions saw the Pole slip from their grasp, but they returned as heroes, making headlines around the world after breaking all records to reach 88* South.

To bolster team spirit, Sir Ernest had personally ordered 25 cases of ‘Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky’ for the Antarctic expedition.

In 2007 eleven bottles of this Scotch which has been hidden underneath the floorboards of the base camp hut for a century, were painstakingly recovered.

World renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson, brought bottles back to Scotland to uncover the secrets within this lost whisky.



*Info taken from bottle and website



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