Type: Single Malt Swedish Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry Oloroso
Added coloring: No
Owner: Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: mackmyra.com
Founded in 1999 in the town from which it takes its name, the Mackmyra distillery has since built up a solid base of enthusiasts, thanks also to the ingenious initiative of its Master Distiller, Angela D’Orazio.
Born from the idea of eight friends during a skiing holiday, within a few years they found the right balance by choosing two basic recipes for their whiskies in 2002, with the launch of the first bottling, Preludium 01, which sold out in a very short time from its release in 2006.
Produced from local raw materials (with the exception of the yeast, which is of Swedish origin), their whisky is made in the two distilleries currently operating, and in 2019 they celebrated 20 years in business: I refer you to this very interesting brochure for a detailed history of this European pride.
This Grönt Te (literally, green tea) is definitely a child of D’Orazio’s passions, who has brought her love of oriental tea to the Sherry casks in which she has aged the distillate.
Various types of Japanese green tea have in fact flavoured the casks (Yame Sencha, Yame Gyokuro, Kaoribo Hojicha and Yame Matcha Shinobi) in an unusual and particular union of flavours: D’Orazio herself admits that it is difficult for a drinker who isn’t passionate about infusions to discern the various types of leaves used, but it’s certainly an intriguing experiment.
Light gold in the glass.
The nose is enveloped in cinnamon apple strudel, with a distinctly herbaceous background, fresh and aromatic: I could say that the sensation is that of opening a packet of tea, but that would be obvious. Anyway… tea leaves! Vanilla, wood spice, liquorice root, touch of lavender. Very pleasant and refreshing.
The herbaceous feeling continues on the palate, with apples still dominating along with cinnamon, brown sugar, liquorice, vanilla, pepper. The influence of Sherry appears more tamed than you generally expect, leaving room for the tea leaves that have evidently made a not inconsiderable contribution to the whisky. Background of freshly cut wood.
Fairly long finish of apples, pepper, vanilla, wood.
An unusually fresh sherried, it’s difficult to determine how much the awareness of the presence of the tea leaves affects the sense of aromas, but the result is certainly original and intriguing, if not particularly incisive.