Sweden is famous for many things: Saabs, snow, Stockholm, Brolin (scoring that goal against England in Euro 1992) and since 1999, whisky! Mackmyra was founded in 1999, opened its door in 2002 and has been producing acclaimed whisky since 2008. We’ve been fortuante enough to receive some whisky from Mackmyra so over a couple of posts we’re going to review it. The rightful place to start is The First Edition. This whisky is bottled at 46.1% and is part of the new generation of Swedish single malt. It is made with local Swedish ingredients and contains no addiditives.
In the glass the whisky has very good legs, clinging to the glass once the spirit is rolled around it as we take in out first aromas. It’s very winey to begin with before giving way to the most amazing concoction of hedgerows and meadows filled with citrus and apple. Spicieness hits the senses through chilli and black pepper before a huge waft of creamy vanilla comes through. It is very sweet; almost icing sugar esqe as you breathe in. The base of the whisky is actually first fill bourbon casks – hence the vanilla – and this have been uniqely stored in the Bodas mine, 50 meters underground.
The palate is soft and fruity to begin with. This Mackmyra is a subtle, youthful and summery whisky; it contains hints of cinnamon, salt and juniper and retains the sweetness from the nose. It takes me back to windy summer days on the Isle of Wight, walking over Tennyson Down with the sun hot in sky and with traces of salt in the air as we ran up to the monument and paused to catch our breath at the top! The finish retains the creamy characteristic and brings in a little more spice – it is almost surprisingly big compared to the initial taste.
Overall it is a delightful whisky and definitely one with the wow factor! It is well worth looking out for and considering for your next purchase. Infact Mackmyra sum it up well with ‘A whisky for you who live life less ordinary’!
[This is just the first of three reviews of Mackmyra; shortly we’ll be reviewing the Brukswhisky and one of the Mackmyra Specials. Watch this space!]