More than 100 years ago Ernest Shackletonâ€™s South PoleÂ expedition chose to abandon 3 crates of MacKinlayâ€™s Rare Old Highland Malt to the frigid Antarctic climate. For more than 100 years the bottles lay forgotten, packed with straw in wooden crates under the expeditionâ€™s hut. Discovered by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust two of the bottles were given to theÂ owners of the brand Whyte and MacKay. Their Master Blender Richard Patterson, â€œAKA the Noseâ€ using meticulous sensory and chemical analysis has recreated the whiskyâ€™s profile, even going so far as to include whisky from the original distillery Glen Mhor which has been closed nearly 30 years. The whisky, in the words of expert Dave Broom is: â€œabsolutely bang on,â€ and Malt Advocate Magazine has scored it 92/100 pts. In Alberta this interesting little dram is exclusive to the Kensington Wine Market!
To celebrate the launch the Kensington Wine Market is having a celebration at the store on Friday September 30th. Participants will be able to sample the whisky (MacKinlays Rare Old Highland Malt), will be treated to photos of Antarctic penguins by Dr. Jane Cameron, a short talk on Shackleton by local expert Susan Eaton and everyone will receive a special whisky glass created just for the event. The event will also be the Canadian launch of whiskies from the Fettercairn distillery. All this for just $30!