How many times have you been in a situation, with a group of friends normally in the pub but certainly with alcohol involved to a grater or lesser degree, and the topic of conversation turns to one of invention, or to put it simply “why didn’t I think of that”. It’s a common happening for sure but I suppose the outcome and idea all depends on who you have gathered around you at the time. Trouble is, most good ideas and solutions to life’s little issues remain firmly where they were born – n the pub, never reaching beyond the embryonic state, most never making it even past the next round.
But the Swedes do think a little differently don’t they. Dynamite, the adjustable spanner and the three-point seat belt are just three wonderful additions to our world thanks to forward thinking Swedes. And of course Mackmyra Single Malt Whisky.
Founded in 1998 by the eight friends who had asked that fateful question “why is there not a Swedish whisky?”, the distillery produced it first drops of new make on 18th December 1998 with the first official releases of Mackmyra Elegant and Mackmyra Smoke coming to the market in 2002. Fast forward 6 years and the first Swedish whisky is `produced in large volumes .The “First Edition” is produced using Swedish ingredients and no additives.
The latest edition to join the ever popular range is Mackmyra The Swedish Whisky “Brukswhisky” where the website has the following information on it: Mackmyra The Swedish Whisky is made from our soft elegant recipe matured in bourbon casks. We then spiced it up with a special combination of large and small casks: rich sherry and a touch of our fresh Swedish oak. For a light hint of juniper smoke, we added some of our smoky variety. Sounds fun right? well, lets give it a go.
Mackmyra The Swedish Whisky Single Malt
Ex Bourbon/Sherry cask with Swedish oak
ABV: 41.4 %
Appearance: Pale young straw
Nose: Light vanilla with young malt and newly painted wood. Fruity notes of lemon curd and grapefruit peel and slices of fresh quince are muted behind a muslin cloth. In the background, a curious note, not unlike a cold caramel latte and that fresh painted wood has become more polished now.
Palate: A balance of light woody vanilla and lively citrus grip before turning richer than expected with warming spices of clove, mace and white pepper. Rounded sweet fruit elements help bring the two characters neatly together.
Finish: Lingering cinnamon dusted pear with a malty custard cream on the side. That slight coffee not pops up at the very end again.
Summary: LIght on the nose, this whisky certainly delivers more on the palate, dancing around in quite an unexpected way. If you have yet to try a Mackmyra whisky, then this is certainly a good one to begin with. And remeber, when you do raise a glass, ask yourself “Why didn’t I think of that”