Mackmyra used a computerprogram developed by the Finse technology giant Fourkind and fed it with 75 different whisky recipes as well as awards, reviews from consumers, ratings, feedback from ambassadors and so forth and so on. With that raw data Fourkind created a unique recipe that would lead to this malt. The label proudly mentions ‘Artificial Intelligence’ as Master Blender, ‘supervised by Angelo D’Orazio’ (the actual Master Blender at Mackmyra, obviously). In the cap of each of the 5.000 bottles a chip is embedded that can be scanned with NFC-technology and offers more information to the buyer. Fairly creamy and sweet nose on apples, pears and citrus, with some vanilla, aniseed and ginger, but mostly young oak. Green wood. A clear note of sherry. Swedish spring in your glass. Nice continuation on the palate, but with a rather sharp edge. The alcohol did not integrate 100% if you ask me. Hint of woodsmoke and tobacco leaves. Vanilla becomes big. Ginger rears its head. The oak returns as well.
I experience a good balance between the sweet fruit and the drying oak in the finish, while a surprisingly little salty note appears at the death.
Nice Mackmyra with an interesting story, sure. But taste-wise I find this not so exceptional. Maybe for the next batch they should put Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio to work in Gävle. Or just keep trusting those old traditions and craftmanship.