Review: Mackmyra Svensk Ek Swedish Single Malt Whisky by Jason Hambrey

Swedish Oak and Bourbon Barrels
100% Swedish Malted Barley
Distiller Mackmyra (Gävle, Sweden)

This whisky was partially matured (about 10%) in Swedish oak barrels sourced from southern Sweden, which were dried for at least a year and heavily toasted. Mackmyra, the prominent Swedish distillery founded in 1999, matures quite a large portion of their whisky in Swedish oak. They have a number of different maturation warehouses - one on the coast blasted into rock, one on an island, and one in a forest.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Very fruity and light in character, with a brilliant presentation of barley. Banana, raspberries, raspberry leaves, light earthiness, apple, celery seed, dried ginger, peach, and light clove and green cardamom. The palate continues with the fruit notes, but the focus shifts to the barley here as there are brilliant cereal and porridge notes, alongside a touch of arugula at the end. Peach remains as well, reminding me somewhat of peaches and cream oatmeal. And some notable roasted black pepper. I’ve had some other Mackmyras which felt like they were not quite mature enough – but this does not fit in that category. Light tannins on the finish, with a bit of woody spice, and peach.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60.