|By Whisky Live Staff||05-10-2018|
Discovered under ice, and best served over ice. Get a taste of Shackleton Whisky at the Whisky & Spirits Live Festival on from 31 October - 2 November at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The Shackleton Journey
Inspired by one of the 20th century’s most charismatic leaders, Sir Ernest Shakleton, Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch is based on the spirit supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition, expertly crafted using a selection of the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Shackleton is a modern Scotch that embodies the spirit of a legend.
To bolster team spirit on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), Sir Ernest Shackleton personally ordered 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky.
He brought his crew together to toast wives and sweethearts, celebrate birthdays and above all foster a sense of team spirit that led them to succeed against the hardest of odds.
Sir Ernest Shackleton is known as much for his camaraderie and leadership as he is for his adventurous spirit. In 1907, he set sail on his ship, the Nimrod, to lead his first expedition. A quest with one goal, to become the first man to reach the South Pole, Sir Ernest and his team reached further south than anyone before them – but on January 9th 1909, faced with bitter winds and an exhausted crew, he turned back rather than risk the lives of his team.
In 1914, he set off again, this time his sights set on traversing Antarctica for the first time. His ship, the Endurance, was frozen and crushed in the ice. With five men, Sir Ernest took a small rescue boat and sailed 720 nautical miles in treacherous conditions across the freezing ocean to South Georgia, then traversed the mountain range to a whaling station. From here, he chartered a rescue ship back to his waiting crew, returning all of his men safely home. This feat of strength became known as one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
In 2007, a century after the expedition, three cases of the perfectly preserved whisky were discovered, frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp at Cape Royds.
The whisky was excavated and flown to New Zealand where it was carefully thawed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust in a purpose-built environment and public gallery at Canterbury Museum.
After its discovery frozen in the ice, world renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson, carried out painstaking analysis to re-create this antique whisky, and used this as the foundation to create Shackleton – a modern Blended Malt with ice in its DNA.
One will experience the warm mellow notes of vanilla, toffee apple, cinnamon and ginger on the nose, complimented by the rich flavours of dark sugars, sweet dried fruit and glazed pineapple. The finish is one of nostalgic and comforting hot mulled wine, praline chocolate and a final whisper of bonfire smoke.
Tickets to Whisky & Spirits Live are available from www.ticketpros.co.za. Ranging from R260 – R320 each; tickets include a tasting glass, 16 tasting vouchers and a bottle of Consol Glass Still Water. High-end lifestyle products will be accessible from 17h00, while the Tasting Hall opens at 18h00 until 22h00.
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NO UNDER 18'S. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.