Sweden. A land like no other.
Or some others. So much that I can’t really make many Swedish jokes about their culture because it’ll sound like I have no idea what I”m talking about.
Like, a moose? We have that. Good Hockey teams? So does Finland (and Canada). A funny language? Really? Have you seen English? It’s ridiculous.
Tons of snow, beautiful women, blondes… geez, I’ve run out of funny things, and I just started.
But what they do have is Mackmyra. It is a Swedish single malt whisky distillery named after the village and manor of the same name. Established in the heady days of 1998 at a winter resort. It’s… mostly very rich people who wanted to make their own single malt.
Everything (save the yeast) is sourced from 75 miles around Mackmyra. No additives, no additional colour. Also they typically release everything at Cask strength… except the two I’ve reviewing today.
Geez, they even age it 50 metres below the surface in the Bodås mine.
I don’t even care how it tastes, I’m just wondering if I can learn from them. They make whisky pretty metal.
Thanks to /u/ownknownto for this sample.
Up first we have the Mackmyra The First Edition. This is the first release of Swedish single malt from the distillery, ignoring all the Special editions.They use a lot of Virgin Swedish oak in it, and smaller casks to age it quicker.
It’s NAS, and one of their first products to be as such. I’m excited either way.
Colour: 5Y 8/6
Nose: Vanilla, smoke, caramel, nail polish remover, orange, sweet dough
Nice, young nose on this. You can really tell that it’s young. There’s a lot of alcohol and raw elements to it.
Very light. Needs some more time in larger casks I think.
Taste: Lemon tart, nutmeg, cream, basil, pear, orange candy
Very acidic, nice amount of spice, and quite creamy.
Actually really, really creamy. The texture is what sells it. The other flavours are somewhat “meh” however the texture is… unique.
Like eating satin kinda unique.
Finish: Butter, lemon candy, light mint, arugula, yeast
That’s not a fun finis. It’s buttery, which is good (I’m such a fatty) yet it’s also really herbal and yeasty.
Like the yeastie Girls, yet less fun.
Conclusion: This is a good start. Not a great start, but there’s potential for some really interesting malts on this one. It’s unique in the mouth feel, and has some nice spice to it.
That said it’s somewhat simple and the nose is the only part I really enjoyed (beyond the silky mouthfeel).
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Up next we have the Mackmyra Brukswhisky, a light whisky aged in First Fill Bourbon casks, sherry casks, and swedish oak casks, as well as some smokier malt.
Confused yet? I am.
It is a Single Malt. We know that. And it’s finished in a bunch of casks. How big of casks? No idea. However it’s a bunch of different ones. It’s also their second non-cask strength offering.
But everyone needs one of those.
Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 5Y 9/6
Nose: Lemon, birch, alcohol, smoke, pastry, jujube
Some more of the last one, yet more alcohol on this. You can smell the smoke, and it mixes with the Sherry nicely. However there’s more ex-bourbon influence than anything else.
Yet none of it’s really pungent, it’s just kinda… there. Kinda like half of me in gym class.
Taste: Lemon jujube, oak, lemon juice, orange, pepper
So that cool texture is here again, and that’s cool that it lasts at a low Abv. It’s nice to sip, more so than to nose, yet I’m getting a ton of citrus and nothing else.
Finish: Jelly, salt, wood, sage, chicory, butter
I had a chicory malt the other day. I wasn’t a fan. You may be.
This is really woody/earthy and kinda spicy. There’s potential here.
Conclusion: So these two are probably at the bottom of the Mackmyra totem pole. And that’s okay, because there’s a lot of potential for some really nice tasting drams.
The Brukswhisky is trying a little too hard and then at a low Abv. Give it more time in each cask and I think it’d be really interesting.
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