Scotch whisky explores new directions

WHYTE & Mackay has launched a new blended Scotch malt whisky inspired by British explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The new whisky was inspired by Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt, which Shackleton is said to have carried 25 cases of on his ship when he set sail in 1907; the cases were discovered preserved beneath the ice of his base camp a century on in 2007.

Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson carried out “painstaking analysis” to recreate the antique whisky and used this as a foundation, which was blended with a handpicked selection of other Highland malt whiskies to create Shackleton.

Stuart Bertram of Whyte & Mackay said the new expression represents “an exciting, emerging direction for Scotch whisky”.