COLOUR: Light honey, straw gold with shimmering highlights.
NOSE: Soft, elegant and refined. Delicate crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple. Notes of oak shavings and smoke. Hints of vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg.
TASTE: Plenty of impact on the palate; a tantalising array of flavours,harmonious and exhilarating.
Richard Paterson has recreated a second edition of his Mackinlay's whisky. This new version is called Mackinlay's "The Journey" and was officially released this spring. The original Shackleton blend was released in early 2011. It was a recreation of whisky which had been specially created for Shackleton's failed expedition to the Antarctic in 1907/08. It had been found by explorers in a hut used by Shackleton's team as a base, and had laid undiscovered under the ice for a century. This time the packaging sees the bottle wrapped in straw, much as the original bottles found in Shackleton's hut in the Antarctic were. This is then contained in a hexagonal box similar to those used by museums to ship precious artefacts. Whyte & Mackay's Master Blender Richard Paterson has created 100,000 bottles for this second edition. The color is a pale golden yellow and the nose is initially light and fresh and is followed by honey and vanilla notes, peat smoke with additional aromas of green apple, lemon zest, chocolate and a hint of nutmeg. On the palate it delivers green apple, lemon zest, vanilla and honey as well as sweet malty cereals. The smoke begins in the background but moves more to the fore as time goes by. Other notes include toffee, fudge, chocolate and nutmeg. The finish is big and coats your mouth like honey yet with great smokiness. Rarely has a blend caused as much excitement as this one, but with good reason!