Whyte & Mackay master blender talks Shackleton

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Richard Paterson and the Shackleton whisky

Richard Paterson and the Shackleton whisky

One of the most interesting whisky stories of recent years has been the re-blending of Ernest Shackleton’s favourite drop following its discovery under the Antarctic ice.

The bottles of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt found buried at the famed explorer’s base camp were analysed and re-created by Whyte & Mackay’s Master Blender Richard Paterson.

On his blog over at W&M’s site Paterson has been revealing a few more secrets about the whisky – which is still selling as fast as they can make it according to the blending supremo.

And the true whisky geeks are pointed in the direction of the technical paper “Sensory and Chemical Analysis of ‘Shackleton’s’ Mackinlay Scotch Whisky” (located at www.scientificsocieties.org/jib/papers/2011/G-2011-0630-1168.pdf) which promises more information than even the most ardent fan can absorb.

Shackleton’s Whisky – Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt can be found online at www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/shackletonmackinlays.htm.

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