Type: Single Malt Swedish Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and Swedish Oak
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: Mackmyra Svensk Whisky
Average Price: € 50.00
Official website: mackmyra.com
Back to the Swedes at Mackmyra with another of their expressions, this time aged in casks that have contained Bourbon and others made from locally sourced wood (the name means Swedish oak).
Ten per cent of the whisky contained here is aged for at least 18 months in these casks, presenting itself as a variant of a previous edition, Första Utgåvan (First Edition), while the remaining 90 per cent was aged in classic ex-Bourbon casks of various sizes, varying in age from four to seven years.
This has created some controversy, since the name may lead to think that the whisky is entirely aged in casks made from Swedish wood, although in my opinion this is a matter of hairsplitting: if the name of a bottle were always to lead back to the exact processing of the product it contains, we’d be in the clear!
Light gold in the glass.
Yellow peach, banana and apple join floral and slightly herbaceous notes on the nose, against a background of polished wood. Vanilla, a hint of lemon and cloves complete the fresh, youthful and slightly pungent whole.
Rather dry on the palate, with a fruity core (in tones of apple and peach) that lowers its tones, favouring spicy touches (anise, ginger) and dried fruit (hazelnuts), with a definite contribution of cereals, a touch of black pepper and vanilla. Herbaceous bed and wood in the background.
The finish is quite long and astringent, with black pepper, wood, hazelnuts and fruit.
Spices and wood dominate, and I find it still too young to achieve an engaging (and convincing) balance that really shows the potential of this whisky, which nonetheless shows great promise.
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