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Mackmyra is a Swedish single malt. I know very little about this whisky. It was brought to a tasting of my whisky club, and the last 25 cc were left for me to review. Now, a month and a half later, I have a chance to get to it. The label says that 5.4% of the casks used were made of “Roasted Swedish Oak”, and 46% of the casks were “small” (100 L). They were matured in the Bodås mine. And the expression is dedicated to “Pioneers”. It is bottled at 46.1%, contained no additives (no colorant) and is not chill-filtered. The age is not stated.
Neat: Rich, Cola, rootbeer, red fruits, black licorice, sherbet, red jubejube candy (though, ironically, no “Swedish Berries”). Some caramel. Every sniff over five minutes seems a little different. Quite a few layers to this one. A slight spirit hint. 22/25
With water and a few minutes: Dampens the brighter notes, does not bring out any new notes. I lost the cola and root beer.20/25
Neat: Sweet arrival, with spicy alcohol burn. The development has a sour note to it. Pleasant, but a little hot. Also, thin mouthfeel, not as rich as the nose promises. Tastes “young”. 21/25
With water: Creamier mouthfeel, still a bit hot. Drier arrival and development through to the finish. With time it develops an unpleasant bitterness. 20/25
Finish is short, dry. Unremarkable 19/25
Balance: The nose delivers more than the palate, but the flavours seem to work well together. They just aren’t too remarkable. 21/25
Aggregate score (without water because I liked it better that way): 83/100
I really liked the nose before I added water, but there is nothing in this malt that I can’t find in others that I enjoy more. $67 at the LCBO, I would argue that I could find whiskies I like better there for the same price or cheaper.
I didn’t finish the dram.