Shackleton

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s an apple and pear fruitiness mixed with some vanilla. After a while it settles and reveals a bit of caramel. It feels slightly spirity and a bit harsh. Underneath lies a subdued peat note which feels a bit herbal and easy to miss. Everything seems quite simple and straight forward and there’s a lack of complexity. It’s quite boring to explore. There are some riper notes within but they also seem to be disappearing in the whole. This is a decent nose after all, with a very easy access flavour profile.

Mouth: It starts out with a maltiness, honey and a bit of caramel. It feels a bit less spirity and has a small peppery overtone which is much needed. On the sides there are a dried fruitiness with hints of red berries, tropical fruits and baked apples. All of these are very subdued though and it’s way less fruity than on the nose. There are notes of peat, ginger and oak coming through but overall it comes through as a bit flat.

Finish: The peppery note disappears immidiately and it takes a big dip in intensity from low to very low. The same fruit notes reappear as well as the sweetness. It has a rather off-putting cardboard note at this point. The oakiness arrives quite quick and it’s a decent one with a bit too much woodshop to it. The finish consists of just the oakiness and maybe just a hint of cacao and hazelnuts. This is not the best whisky in the world. It’s drinkable, but overall too mild and lacks a cohesive direction.

Additional information
This blended malt is supposedly made from highland malts and aged for an undisclosed time in a mix of american oak and ex-sherry casks. It’s based on a whisky from over a 100 years ago found in ice.

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