Type: Single Malt Swedish Whisky
Ageing casks: American Virgin Casks
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: Mackmyra Svensk Whisky
Average Price: € 54.50
Official website: mackmyra.com
Since Ikea came into our homes, we’ve all become a little more familiar with the Swedish language, but of course it’s a long way from speaking it.
Svensk Rök means Swedish Smoke, just to make it clear that we are talking about the smoked whisky of the up-and-coming Nordic distillery, with the particularity of using juniper branches to dry the malt.
Once again the Master Distiller uses what is a tradition of her country in the production of whisky, given that juniper is usually used to smoke foodstuffs in order to preserve them, and in the composition of the ageing barrels of the first launch there were also barrels made from Swedish oak.
Introduced in 2013, it was the distillery’s first smoked whisky, and here I find myself with the second edition, matured exclusively in virgin American oak barrels, a NAS said to contain distillates between five and six years of age.
Full gold in the glass.
The smokiness that reaches the nose is really peculiar, accustomed to Scottish peat here we are on the other side: the aroma of toasted juniper is evident and very pleasant, a bonfire with herbaceous touches. The smell content remains wooded and soft with roasted chestnuts, pine needles and freshly baked bread, a thick and comfortable blanket from which emerge, over time, vanilla, caramel, licorice, nutmeg, orange juice. Perfect for winter, you would never take your nose out of the glass…
The palate confirms the aromas of the bonfire, but less decisive than in the olfactory phase and sliding on more ashy tones, so as to allow the expansion of the paddle that, dotted with pepper and touches of anise, develops tones of vanilla, caramel, fruit (peaches, pineapple), lemon. Basic balsamic impressions with tea and chocolate leaves.
Fairly long and ashy finish with fruity touches and chocolate.
A truly explosive and original nose does not correspond to an equally incisive palate, which slips rather quickly on more well-known and banal chords. Perhaps the choice of virgin barrels alone was in this sense deleterious, flattening a whisky that can yet give good sensations.