Top 10 spirits launches in April 2017

3rd May, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Whyte & Mackay launched blended Scotch malt whisky brand Shackleton, inspired by charismatic British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led the first expedition to the South Polar Plateau.

Shackleton set in sail in 1907 on a ship packed with 25 hand-selected cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. He and three companions became the first to set foot on the South Polar Plateau in January 1909 – but abandoned pursuit of the South Pole as the team was close to starvation and suffering from severe exhaustion.

In 2007 three cases of the whisky were uncovered, frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp. Whyte & Mackay’s master blender, Richard Paterson, analysed and re-created the whisky, and has used this as the foundation to create Shackleton.

A contribution from all Shackleton whisky sales will be made to the Antarctic Heritage Trust, and will help to preserve Shackleton’s 1907 basecamp on Antarctica and support related projects.

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