In 1907, the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton placed an order with the Glen Mhor distillery in Inverness Scotland for 46 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky.
In 2007, three of these cases were discovered undisturbed beneath the ice of Shackleton’s expedition hut in Antarctica, he used as a staging ground for his attempt at the pole, by a team of historical conservationists.
These three crates of the explorer's whisky spent a century forgotten and frozen in time to the rock and ice below.
With permission given in 2010 to thaw, open, and analyze one of these cases. Conservationists at the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand were able to recover 10 perfectly intact bottles - including the over 100 year aged whisky within! Of course, the first thing everyone wanted to know was - how did it taste?!? and that is exactly what the Glasgow distillery was betting - that a whole lot of people will want to sip the Scotch that Shackleton had with him on his Antarctic adventure.
101 Year Celebration of the Expedition
Permission was granted to the Whyte & Mackay company - the owner of the Mackinlay’s brand - and company owner Dr. Vijay Mallya flew the precious bottles home to Scotland on board his private jet for analysis at W&M’s Spirit Laboratory.
Using their analysis, the distillery was able to recreate exactly (down to the imperfections in the glass and the hand-lettering of the labels - not to mention the unique flavor) the original Mackinlay Malt Whisky.
So now you can toast the spirit and heroics of those first Antarctic adventurers with the very whisky that fortified them on their epic journey. It’s the next best thing to experiencing the wonders of Antarctica yourself…although we recommend that as well…
Click the image of the case below to see the expedition hut just as it was