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The first release of Swedish single malt from Mackmyra. I had heard lots of good things about it and I was keen on taking my first taste of a Swede in the whisk(e)y business. For my disappointment Mackmyra's first edition was another light dried fruits with too much heaviness that doesn't intrigue me.
I felt like the knight playing chess with death in Ingmar Bergman's Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal). I didn't know what to do. I'm trying but I just can't cope with this kind of whiskies. And I'm sure that this one is one of the best in its "category". But for my taste buds it doesn't offer anything worth cheering for. Just like Bergman's movies.
Nose: Fruity and oaky with light spices. Smell reminds me of bourbon.
Taste: Gently light with a small kick in there. I think this is the main reason I don't like it. Haven't learned to appreciate fruit and light whiskies which can kick you. This literally gave me lemons but I couldn't make any "lemonade" out of it.
Finish: Very good in length but the taste I don't like. Dried green fruits like apples and pears.
Balance: To be fair, the balance is good if you like this kind of whiskey. These fruity-spicy mixes just ain't my cup of tea.