Tweet Tasting – Mackmyra Whisky
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with some Mackmyra Whisky. I guess they have been on my radar since 2016, and I have to say they are definitely going from strength to strength.
“EXPLORERS IN WHISKY SINCE 1999
“Why are there no whisky distilleries Sweden?” one of the friends asked. None of the others could answer the question, leaving it floating in the air. Sweden has no tradition of making whisky. We thought that was weird when we began to explore whether it was possible to create a Swedish single malt whisky -for everywhere we turned, we saw opportunities.
In Sweden, we find one of the world’s purest water, filtered to perfection since the Ice Age. It is no coincidence that the distillery is located next to a boulder with constant access to the crystal clear waters. Our Swedish barley develops a special sweetness during the long summer days, a sweetness that has become one of the cornerstones of our whisky.
A large part of our whisky is stored in new Swedish oak. The Swedish oak grows slowly in our harsh climate and gives the whisky a harsher flavor than American oak. The whisky gets a fiery spice balanced by sweetness similar to caramelized sugar.
Today we produce whisky with the same joy of discovery and experimentation as we did when starting in 1999, but in one of the world’s most modern distilleries. We do it according to the rules of art, but we do it our way and with Swedish ingredients. To produce whisky without additives and with as little environmental impact as possible is for us a matter of course.”
Mack – 40%
On the nose softly scented with pear, lovely wisps of vanilla mingling with some spices. This had a lovely fresh scent. The palate, definitely spicy on the palate and some delicious woody flavours… vanilla remains.
Brukswhisky – 41.4%
200 liters first fill Bourbon casks, matured during 5 yo.
100 liters Swedish Oak. Elegant recipe, first fill quality.
100 liters Sherry Cask. Elegant recipe, first fill quality.
200 liters Ex-Bourbon casks elegant and peat tail, first fill quality.
The nose delivered stewed pears, a little nutty on the nose too. A light fragrance to it, with hints of buttery toffee. Again it’s very fresh… and on the palate, spicy and peppery, hints of sweetness. Black tea…
Svensk Ek (Swedish Oak) – 46.1%
Swedish oak ex-bourbon
This was light and fragrant, there was light caramel and spices. Again there’s a lovely freshness about this. Hint of orange and a lovely woody note coming through again… The palate was citrusy and gingery, with honey and a kick of pepper.
Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke) – 46.1%
American oak, Swedish Oak, ex-bourbon and casks saturated with Oloroso.
Soft smoke on the nose, and earthy (peat) with spices nipping on the senses. The palate, softly smoky again… fresh and herby. Slightly tart. Slightly drying too…
Äppleblom (Apple Blossom) – 46.1%
Oak casks which previously held Calvados from Christian Drouin
Hmm fresh and fruity… stewed apples, caramel sauce dribbled over the top too. Wisps of vanilla… a treat for the nose. On the palate, hmm spicy and oaky dryness… my need for wood has been satiated this evening. Hints of apple again.
I really enjoyed sitting with these and also seeing everyone else’s thoughts too. Previous to this tasting I have tried these at festivals. If you can then try the Moment Fjällmark, you’ll be in for a treat. And if like me you manage to cross paths with Angela D’Orazio (master blender) then I’m sure you will have a wonderful meeting.
Massive thanks to Steve Rush and Mackmyra for the opportunity t o be part of this tasting.