|First Edition Shackleton’s Discovery - Mackinlay Rare Old Highland|
|Ernest Shackleton and The Whisky how it was found|
|The Converted dialling in from London|
The selection of whisky brought by members was, as always, an excellent standard and included :
- Talisker 10 yr old
- Laphroaig 10 yr old
- Laphroaig QA Cask
- Laphroaig 10 yr old Cask Strength Batch 001
- Longrow CV
- K5 Single Malt Whisky
- Booker’s Bourbon
- Jim Beam Small Batch Port Added
- A selection of Aus/NZ tasting samples brought by guests
|The evenings whiskies|
The meal of the evening was a superb corned beef with potato casserole and broccoli. Due to the fact that plates didn’t require cleaning afterwards was an indication of how enjoyable the meal was. Dessert was sponge cake topped with jam, cream and strawberries, and suffice to say, there was none left over.
Next meeting has been set at the Colonel-in-Chief’s residence during October 2013.
* Shackleton’s Whisky
|Supposed Nimrod Expedition advertisement. This is not a real cutting and cannot be substantiated. It also has been attributed to the Endurance Expedition by Shackleton. Makes for a great story to tell but must fall into the realm of the urban myth.|
|Nimrod Expedition Map|
Fast Forward to 2006 and a New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team restoring the same Antarctic hut used by Nimrod over 100 years ago stumbled upon the abandoned cache of supplies including five crates of MacKinlay & Co Scotch Whisky. Restoration workers found the crates under the hut's floorboards, but they were too deeply embedded in ice to be dislodged.
Current distillery owner, drinks group **Whyte & Mackay, launched the bid to recover the Scotch whisky for samples to test and decide whether to relaunch the defunct spirit made by distiller MacKinlay and Co.
It took the next four years to safely extract the whisky crates from site, thaw it in museum conditions, secure permits and complete scientific analysis in Scotland.
Ice had cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers were confident that intact bottles were present "given liquid could be heard when the crates were moved."
Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte and Mackay, spent 8 weeks blending a range of malts to get a replica of the 100-year-old Mackinlay's liquid. He described the find as "a gift from the heavens for whisky lovers."
It is Ernest Shackleton’s great experience that we will be sharing here tonight.
Distillers Whyte & Mackay, which owns the MacKinlay whisky found in 2007, hopes to sell 50,000 bottles at £100.
A percentage of the price goes to the Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Whisky writer Dave Broom has tasted both the original whisky taken on the 1907-09 expedition and Whyte & Mackay's new spirit. He said: "The Shackleton whisky is not what I expected at all. "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."