Mackinlay's "The Enduring Spirit" Rare Old Highland Blended Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $170)

SKU #1133330

Whyte & Mackay's first attempt to recreate the frozen Antarctic whisky of explorer Ernest Shackleton was so successful, they're back with a second batch to feed the frenzy. Unlike most attempts to capitalize on successful momentum, however, the Scottish producer has upped both the packaging and the quality this time around. Each bottle is wrapped in heavy straw and tagged with a label faithfully replicated from the excavated relics. Whyte & Mackay are also revealing the contents of the whiskey this time, to the extreme delight of whisky geeks everywhere: 1980 Glen Mhor (one of the rarest whiskies in the world), Glenfarclas, Mannachmore, Tamnavulin, Ben Nevis, Aultmore, Fettercairn, Pulteney, heavily-peated Dalmore, and Jura aged in Limousin oak casks. The result is wonderfully balanced blended single malt whisky without any grain component.. The smoky, peaty component plays center stage this time around, much more dominant than last year's version, but balanced by rich vanilla and a soft fruited palate. The Journey is like a far-tastier version of Johnnie Walker Blue, but made only with single malt whisky and designed specifically for Islay fans. If you're looking for a gift for the whisky lover who has everything, this is as fun, cheeky, delicious, and serious as it gets. I couldn't have been more surprised by utter drinkability of this whisky. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2013 | Send Email
This is my kind of aged Scotch. Lightly smoky on the nose, think lovely, judiciously peated Highland smoke as opposed to the more forceful campfire or iodine driven smoke of an Islay single malt. After opening up, there are more sweet, vanilla cream type aromatics which lead to an effortlessly balanced, soft and sweet yet, again, subtley smoky and savory profile. Something about this whisky reminds me of old leather bound books, an historic office or library, a gentle yet rugged older grandfather type - these are what come to mind when I taste this edition of the Mackinlay. There is more than just a story to this whisky, and I strongly recommend you check it out for yourself!

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Alcohol Content (%): 47.3