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Mackmyra Brukswhisky

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@tjbReview by @tjb

14th Feb 2014


Mackmyra Brukswhisky
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Mackmyra is a Swedish distillery with a cool back story. In 1998, 8 friends went on a skiing trip. Each of them took a bottle of malt Whisky for the host. They drank and talked and discussed why there wasn't a Swedish Whisky. This question led them to start exploring the possibilities of making their own Swedish whisky.

One year later the company was founded and a pilot distillery was started. By the end of the year they had distilled their first drops.

These 8 pioneers produced 170 different recipes and then selected ambassadors to help decide which two recipes would be used going forwards.

In 2002 they released 2 expressions, Mackmyra Elegant and Mackmyra Smoke. These were an immediate hit and by 2008 there were two more expressions ready for market (First Edition and Mackmyra Brukswhisky).

The bottle I bought was the Brukswhisky. Matured primarily in first fill bourbon casks and also including both Whisky aged in sherry and Swedish oak as well as a smokey malt. This adds complexity and makes it very interesting.

It is very pale and bottled at 41.4%.

The nose is fragrant with vanilla, fruity, citrus, spices. You get a grain and floral undertone.

In the mouth it feels creamy with oak, mild spices, summer fruits. It is fresh and crisp which complements the creamy nature in a pleasant way. It is well made and is a definite summer classic.

The finish is short to medium, sweet, fruity with a mid tongue tingle. This is very easy drinking and goes down very well.

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vanPelt commented

This was a fun bottle to have. It is also interesting what they use as "peat" and how it influences their expression. Did you visit the distillery?

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