Swedish distillery Mackmyra was conceived at a reunion of eight whisky-loving university classmates in 1998. Unlike most people who come up with whisky fuelled cunning plans, they actually followed through with their dream of making Swedish whisky. Being engineers, they embarked on a period of extensive experimentation, using alternative fuel to dry the barley (most notably Juniper twigs, a taste prominent in early releases), before starting commercial production in 2002. Their first spirit, the Preludium 01, went on sale in 2006 and their first large scale whisky release was in 2008.
Sweden is one of the main countries to watch as far as New World whiskies is concerned. You only have to visit Islay to realise how much the Swedes love whisky, they seem to make up half the tourist population. Laphroaig distillery centre has more Swedish flags for their Friends scheme than any other nationality and Ardbeg went to the lengths of having a special distribution deal in Sweden for their recent Alligator release. There are currently eight other Swedish distilleries which will be coming on the market over the next decade. Watch this space.
The Mackmyra Bruk Distillery is now operating near capacity and Mackymra are looking to expand internationally, although they probably won't advertise the fact the name Mackmyra translates as mosquito swamp. They will no doubt let their whisky sell itself. We have followed Mackmyra since the early Preludium releases to the latest specials.
Mackmyra Brukswhisky is their most accessible whisky to date. Their trademark Juniper smoke flavour is present but not overwhelming.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Aromatic. Tropical fruit, sherbet, hint of juniper and smoke. Fresh coconut and cream. An underlying biscuit richness.
Palate: Immediately soft but the sherbet soon kicks in. Grape and more coconut. Develops into a lovely soft and spicy finale.
Retails for around £35