Shackleton Whisky is the latest creation from Whyte & Mackay master blender, and all round whisky celebrity, Richard Paterson. Paterson is currently celebrating 50 years in the whisky industry, but his latest creation has been almost a century in the making and is inspired by one of history’s greatest explorers – Sir Ernest Shackleton.
When Shackleton set sail on the Nimrod in 1907, his small ship was stocked full of essential rations – including 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. This golden nectar helped Shackleton keep the spirits of his crew high during their arduous journey; fostering a team spirit and camaraderie that helped them to succeed against all the odds.
One hundred years later and three cases of perfectly preserved whisky were discovered; frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp. And Paterson was invited to carry out a painstaking analysis to re-create the antique whisky.
“It has been a great honour to create this whisky as a testament to Sir Ernest Shackleton, “ Paterson commented. “His character and his story remain a true inspiration, and I wanted to capture the essence of Sir Ernest within this whisky.”
Shackleton Whisky has been created by bringing together a selection of Highland Single Malt Whiskies, which have then been married in a combination of ex-bourbon American white oak barrels and Spanish Sherry butts.
The result is a whisky which is very sweet on the nose – lots of vanilla, toffee and honey, with some banana bread and ginger cake thrown in to the mix. The palate is sweet too, although it’s a darker sweetness – treacle and demerara sugar – and a faint wisp of smoke.
This little slice of history turns out as a suitable memorial to Shackleton’s amazing feats of human endurance.
You can find out more about Shackleton Whisky at http://www.theshackletonwhisky.com
My sample was provided by Whyte & Mackay.