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 "peaty" malt created using bog moss and juniper wood as well as a fruitier, unpeated style.
In 2012 a second site was opened at Gavle, 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 Mackmyra'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 Bodas mine, 50 metres down inside the primary rock.
Stjarnrok is a smoky, yet also sherried expression (imparted by Oloroso sherry casks, specifically), making for a complex and satisfying flavour profile. There's also a helping of whisky drawn from casks that previously held cloudberry wine, bringing yet more distinctive awesomeness to the table. You can always count on Mackmyra to create something unique and fascinating, and that's exactly what it's done here.
Nose: Smoke, spiciness and peat with notes of juniper. Fruity, raisins, nuts, dried fruit, roasted bread tones, vanilla fudge, tobacco leaves, sandalwood, cedar and ginger.
Palate: Smoky, fruity and spicy with peat and juniper notes together with minerals, herbs from vanilla fudge, raisins, orange peel, dark chocolate and dried fruit. Further on there is spiciness from roasted oak casks, sandal and cedarwood, anise, white pepper and ginger. A soft oakiness and a light oily texture.
Finish: Clear smoke in the aftertaste in symbiosis with exotic dried fruits.