Sweden – 46.1%ABV – $53 for a 1 liter bottle in the US – £41 for a 70cl bottle in the UK (please note that the image shown on the right details the UK packaging. The US packaging is slightly different).
If you’re a whisky geek like me, you might have been (again, like me) tracking this whisky like Aragorn tracks an Uruk Hai leader. Our “friend”, the Uruk Hai, is situated to the left.
Non-dorks, please go see or read Lord of the Rings to understand the previous two sentences.
Luckily for me (and other US whisky consumers), Mackmyra is officially here in the states! While we now have this “First Edition”, many other countries have access to a much broader line that Mackmyra offers.
So, what’s the deal with this particular whisky? According to Mackmyra:
Swedish Oak & Small Casks
“Cold winters, deep snow. Summer nights when the sun never seems to set. Under these conditions, during more than a century, a fiery spiciness has developed in Swedish oak. Now it generously adds character to the Mackmyra Whisky.”
“Our use of small casks gives time a new meaning. The whisky matures in a more intense manner, and by using different sizes of casks we get exactly the character we want. Small cask – great taste.”
Mackmyra whisky is matured in an old mine!
“You might have heard about ’whisky on the rocks’ but Mackmyra Whisky is literally stored in the rock. Deep down in the underground we’ve found the perfect environment for our whisky casks. The abandoned Bodås Mine is now filled with gold in liquid form.”
Time to taste said whisky…
On the nose — A very intense nose (like the whisky equivalent of a close talker. Step back, son!).
Very peppery & spicy yet honeyed at the same time.
Ok, after a couple of minutes the whisky is much more approachable and delicious smelling yet, still quite bright.
If this whisky were a spice girl, she’d be Delicious Spice.
An exotic mix of fruits such as cherries, lychee and banana (perhaps the skins of banana).
A warm summer’s night with cream soda in one hand and toasted marshmallows in the other.
On the mouth — A bit herbal.
A touch of juniper which quickly disappears and is replaced by blackberry juice and a mass of spice.
As spicy as this is, it’s got a very soft mouth feel.
Some unripened peaches and a little bit of pear.
Finish — Spicy, long and a touch fruity (lychee again) and oddly numbing my uvula…
In sum — A very enjoyable whisky, especially on the nose. Not as complex in flavor (with it being such a little spice bomb). But hey, this is a young whisky… part of the thrill is the occasional big ‘ol pepper fight you get from them.
The mouth feel, again, is nice and soft and only adds to the simple pleasantness of the whisky as a whole. This light-bright-fruity-pepper-fight whisky would be fantastic as a warm summer evening dram. Tasting notes & flavor nuances aside, is this a good whisky? Yes – I found it to be dangerously drinkable.
Special thanks goes out to Jonathan Luks for the sample!