Shackleton whisky recreated

Whyte & Mackay claims to have successfully recreated a century-old whisky buried under the Antarctic ice by famous explorer Ernest Shackleton.

oldwhisky2.jpg The company’s master blender Richard Paterson spent eight weeks marrying and blending a range of malts to get an exact replica of the 100-year-old Mackinlay’s liquid.

According to one independent expert, whisky writer Dave Broom, he has got the copy exactly right.

Broom is the only other person in the world to taste both the original whisky and Whyte & Mackay’s new liquid.

He said: “The Shackleton whisky is not what I expected at all, and not what anyone would have expected. It’s so light, so fresh, so delicate and still in one piece – it’s a gorgeous whisky.

“It proves that even way back then so much care, attention and thought went into whisky-making.

“I think the replication is absolutely bang on. Richard has done a great job as it’s a very tricky whisky to replicate, because you have this delicacy, subtlety and the smoke just coming through."

The Shackleton replica will cost £100 per bottle, with 5% from every sale being donated back to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the New Zealand charity responsible for finding and uncovering the original whisky. If all 50,000 bottles sell out the Trust will receive £250,000.

Trust chief executive Nigel Watson said: “From start to finish it’s taken almost four years to safely extract the whisky crate from site and then Antarctica, thaw it in museum conditions, secure permits and complete scientific analysis in Scotland.

“I am delighted that Whyte & Mackay recognise the hard work and value of the Trust’s conservation mission in Antarctica by making this very generous and welcome donation.”

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