Category Archives: Sweden

Mackmyra Brukswhisky

Distillery: Mackmyra
Name: Brukswhisky
Region: Sweden
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 41.4%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £36 (70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, vanilla, slight spice
Taste: Light, caramel, smooth, oak
Finish: Short, spicy
Rating: 5/10

Thanks to Tom Blumsom (@Tom_Blumsom) I have the opportunity to do a side-by-side tasting of 2 Mackmyra, which I have been looking forward to as I feel you can get a much better idea of how a whisky can differ this way.

So the Brukswhisky has a similar nose to the 1st Edition, just lighter and more delicate with a bit more vanilla, slightly less spice though. The palate is very light and refreshing with a lovely caramel smoothness to it. Once aired, it gets a little oakiness coming through which carries on to the short but spicy finish, not dry however that often goes with the oakiness.

Overall I would have to say that I prefer the 1st Edition, it has more going on, yet still remains light and refreshing. That is not to say that the Brukswhisky is bad, on a lovely summers day it could be a dangerous dram to have to hand, and around friends I feel it could disappear quite quickly due to it’s freshness.

I would like to thank Tom for the sample, it was great to be able to compare them.

Mackmyra – The 1st Edition

Distillery: Mackmyra
Name: The 1st Edition
Region: Sweden
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46.1%
Batch No.: ME-001 (Art. nr. whatever that is)
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £41
Nose: Light fruits, vanilla, caramel, crisp, citrus, subtle spice
Taste: Light, fruity, spicy
Finish: Dry, spicy, medium length
Rating: 7/10

This is my first bottle of what would be known as a ‘world whisky’. I have to admit, when I saw the bottle I knew nothing about it, never heard of Mackmyra so had no idea what to expect. If you don’t try however, you’ll never know, and for around £45 that it cost me I though it was worth a punt.

So, was I disappointed? Hell no! As soon as I got to nosing this dram I was impressed, very different to what I have previously had on the nose, to me it was quite unique. Weather this is the Swedish oak that is used, ingredients or just the distillation process, I don’t know, but I do know I liked it.

On the nose it has a lovely sweet fruitiness, all light fruits, with some vanilla and caramel there also. It is kept fresh by a citrus note and finishes with a slight spice. The 46.1% abv is very well disguised on the nose, you do not get the burn that you can with some.

Onto the palate and the lightness is continued, it is a very refreshing dram, this. The fruitiness is also there still as is the caramel; that spice really begins to kick in also. The spice continues for a medium length, with a dryness continuing for a longer period on the finish.

Overall I have been very impressed with the Mackmyra 1st Edition. It is a light, refreshing dram with a lovely, unique nose that has gone down very well. I will certainly be looking out for more from them.