Monday, September 23, 2013

Ernestly, do I make you horny baby? - Shackelton’s Discovery

The whisky as packaged in wooden case, straw, stopper, and facts booklet.

Finally got around to performing the tasting of the Shackelton’s Discovery -  Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt.  I have to admit I was very excited about getting this whisky. The whole reason for the club for me is to have the ability to try these outrageous whiskies that I would never have the opportunity to otherwise. I’d read in a few different places about this whisky and for probably a year had been waiting and hoping that no one else at the club would buy this as their whisky.

The theme, research and whole event was good fun and I hope it was enjoyed by all. Find a wrap up of the evening here. Unfortunately for me the whisky didn’t quite live up to standards. In reality I’m not sure what I was expecting. If I honestly had to think about how an imitation 100 year old whisky might taste, I’d probably say pretty bad. So maybe it did live up to them.  Regardless of the whisky, a merry time was had and I think that is the reason our club has survived thus far.

Shackelton’s Discovery - Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt
Alcohol: 47.3%
Matured: American White Oak Sherry Casks
Edition: 1st

Colour: Very Pale Yellow. I haven’t read anything about the colour matching the original’s but will assume it does. Given the colouring they can put into whisky these days you’d think that would be the easiest thing to mimic.

Nose: Quite fragrant with a slight muskiness. I also get sea salt, pine wood, and even a touch of varnish. I’ll admit reading this you’d think it would smell awful, but no it’s actually pretty good.

Taste: The first thing that came to mind was hot gravel. I don’t know what that tastes like, but there it is.  There’s that pungency that comes from banana skin. It’s quite salty to go along with the nose. I also detected some slight passionfruit notes. Not particularly pleasant.

Finish: It’s actually very dry and felt quite parched after. Need a drink of water with this. Not an overly long finish but there is a slight linger in the back of the throat. A bit of a pungent, nasally aftertaste as well.

I’m struggling to come up with a rating for this. It’s not as bad as some of the lowest scores I have given, but I can’t find a reason to rate much higher. The story is worth a bit so I will give this 3.5 out of 7 lightning bolts.

I would have to say this whisky is more for the collectors who enjoy their history and nostalgia.  I don’t think you’ll want to open this for drinking (although we are all the more wiser for doing so).

El Capitan

2 comments:

  1. I will be more than happy to give my impression. If you scale it against the price paid then the term 'absolute crap' comes to mind. This whisky is worse than just about any blend on the market. When nearing the $200 mark for a bottle there should be fair warning plastered across it you are paying for the experience and not the quality.

    I appreciate the experience but I would prefer a neat bottle of Chivas Regal any day over this because at least you will be getting quality and something you will enjoy drinking.

    I cannot recall anyone singing this whiskies praises on the night. The Dog's Laphroaig QA saved the evenings dramming hands down.

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  2. Could be the tundra talking, but I didn't mind it. I agree you are paying for the 'experience' however.

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