Mackmyra has come a long way since 1999 when it was founded as the only whisky distillery in Sweden. Since then it has earned a reputation as a top quality single malt producer in spite of its untraditional Scandinavian location. Alongside various special releases, the First Edition was launched in 2008 with Brukswhisky following in 2010. Two styles of whisky are produced by Mackmyra, a â€˜peatyâ€™ malt created using bog moss and juniper wood as well as a fruitier, unpeated style.
In 2012 a second site was opened at GÃ¤vle, a gravity-run facility that stands at 37 metres high! Between the two sites Mackmyra Svensk Whisky have a capacity to rival many a Scottish distillery with the difference being that almost all of Mackmyraâ€™s output is going into single malts!
They create their malt whisky using selected Swedish ingredients and with no additives whatsoever. Much of the whisky has been stored in 100-litre casks, which produces an exciting, powerful ageing process. These casks are all stored in the BodÃ¥s mine, 50 metres down inside the primary rock.
Mackmyra's core expression, 'Bruks', is a light Swedish whisky matured primarily in first fill bourbon barrels but also includes whisky aged in Sherry and Swedish oak casks too as well as some smokier malt, which all adds to the complexity.
Nose: Fresh, delicate fruit aromas with vanilla pods. Pine nuts, pine needles, raspberry bushes and mixed peels. Ryvita and Sesame Snaps.
Palate: Vanilla cream, custard even and more fruit. Red berries, boiled sweets and rich, warming bourbon.
Finish: Spicy oak and apple pie whilst remaining light and nimble.