In 1907 Ernest Shackleton, leader of the Nimrod expedition, gave up on his attempt to become the first person to reach the South Pole. With him in his baggage were: 25 crates of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. He spent his first polar winter with his men in the Cape Royds hut. Supplies disappeared so quickly there that he took the precaution of hiding a few bottles of whisky under the floorboards; they weren’t discovered until 2007. A sensation! Richard Paterson would go further, calling the find a “gift from heaven”. As master blender at the Whyte & Mackay Distillery in Glasgow, he set about looking for a taste from the past, and developed Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky in an aromatic tribute to Ernest Shackleton and his expedition whisky: a mild blend of the finest single malt scotch whiskies with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a discrete peaty flavour.