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Mackmyra was founded in 1999 and hence a young whisky. This first edition (‘den forsta utgavan’) was bottled in June 2008. It’s light golden with an orange sheen and pretty oily. I get beautiful long legs in the glass.
On the nose, there is first and foremost vanilla, marzipan and white fruit (apples and pears), encapsulated in light smoke and malt. There are some hints of citrus, but they are very subtle.
The lightly smoked malt returns in the mouth and the fruit is even more pronounced. The emphasis is now on pears and dried apricots. The vanilla and marzipan return and something honey-like emerges also. Mildly spicy with a salty touch at the end. Quite a nice balance, in my opinion. And it can do with a drop of water.
The finish, which I found rather short, offers hints of dark chocolate and some oak at the death.
De afdronk is eerder kort, met hints van bittere chocolade en wat eik op het einde.
Due to the history and the fact that this is their first whisky for a bigger audience (mass production has such a nasty ring to it), I’d say ‘applause’! It has already garnered international acclaim and awards. On the downside, it’s rather expensive (about 50 EUR in Belgium), but don’t let that spoil the fun. This is a sweet Swede!