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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Whisky Review: Mackmyra First Edition

Our first experience of the Swedish distillery Mackmyra was yet another Drinks by the Dram whisky advent calendar find, and their Brukswhisky release is one of our go-to favourites.

Bottled at 46.1% ABV, as their flagship core release the First Edition is a statement of intent, showcasing the Swedish oak casks used in maturation with pride.

Colour: Light straw.

Nose: Oaky character, with a basil herb freshness, hints of caramelised pears and lavender honey.

Palate: Gentle, smooth, and well balanced. The key characteristic is of sweet oak, but not the bourbon oak we are more used to - this has a spicier tickle that is still reminiscent of the initial honey present on the nose. The flavours are closer to an actual bourbon than a whisky aged in bourbon, as the lovely new oak brings a wonderful fruity freshness to the dram. When imbibed with a savoury snack (we picked a mild Bombay mix), a beautiful sweet apple note punches through with more prominence.

Finish: The prickles of pepper spice remain on the tongue, but are rounded out with a little apple freshness and a robust dark chocolate creaminess right at the end.

Overall, a unique and interesting whisky that places Sweden firmly on the distiller's map.

Skål!

J&L

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