MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky - Beautiful! At $160, I'm not sure if I'll buy another bottle... but I just might. At $100, I would have bought more than one ($100 is my comfortable limit, generally).
I got this for a tasting, where everybody chipped in. We did six whiskies, and they tasted them blind. When they got to the Shackleton, and took a drink, many people tasted the initial peat, and said, "oh, I know where this is from." "Definitely and Islay." But after a minute or two, I didn't hear that any more. Their faces got serious as they tried to figure out what was happening in their glasses.
It's not what you might expect from a one hundred year old whisky. Definitely not unrefined, or even bold. It's very complex, and subtle. The peat, for example, is... soft. There's a layer of it, floating somewhere. I get a distinct spatial impression of where the peat is, which is impossible (if you understand my imagery). I don't recall tasting another whisky like this one, meaning I can't think of another whisky with a similar flavor profile.
The packaging doesn't increase the dollar value for me, but it's awsome! A wooden box packed with straw, the bottle wrapped in paper. The bottle and label are of sub-par production values, to match the original bottles. Very cool.
I wish I could tell you the flavors, but I'm not good at picking them out, much less writing about them. All I can tell you is don't buy this whisky... until I get another bottle.