Little Brown Dog? This is no reference to the color of this Swedish malt, but to the Swedish bottler that took on that funny name. Don’t ask me why. In December 2020 they bottled this 12 years old Mackmyra that had matured on a virgin oak cask. It was their second release, by the way. They made their entry a month before with a 9 years old Arran and by now their third release – in 2021 – is a fact: a blended malt. Someone whispered into my ear to keep an eye out for this bottler, so I’ve put them om my radar. Now, let’s give that Mackmyra a go. Dark and sweet nose on fermenting grapes, rye bread, quince, apricots and puffed chestnuts, brown sugar, coffee ground and nutmeg. Fig and rhubarb marmalade. Hint of chocolate and oloroso sherry. Quite the nose. Creamy on the palate. Nicely spicy but at the same time candy-like sweet. I get lots more dried stone fruit and apricots, liquorice and candied ginger. Feisty. From the second sip forward I also detect some vanilla and a pinch of saffron. Finally, some blood oranges. The finish is nicely warm and of good length. I tried it blind and only got the info afterwards. I told my buddy I was quite certain it wasn’t Scotch, but that’s as far as I got. Nice Mackmyra! Thanks, Tom H, for the lovely sample!