Mackmyra Tasting Notes

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Sweden, World Whiskies & Spirits

Mackmyra Preludum: 03 (3 years old) 52%

Sherry – Svensk Rok/ Tasted: Mar2007

Big, rich and fruity. Banana fritters coated in honey and toffee. Buckets of sherry cask with hints of manure, marzipan, old lanolin, demarara sugar and banoffi Pie!

The palate is soft, yet intense with lightly honeyed demarara coated sherry fruit. Ok, it’s a bit simple at this stage but there is an oily malt component with some youthful cereal, although the sweedish oak imparts quite a bitterness on the middle. The nose displays a lot more complexity as the wood is really gripping the palate. Given time this could be amazing, but only time will tell.

Mackmyra First Edition 46.1%

Tasted: Apr 2009

After the number of Predulum bottlings, this is the first ‘official’ release of the Swedish malt. Having tasted a couple of those earlier bottlings I though they showed a definite promise, so it was quiet interesting to try this. However………

The nose is surprisingly grainy and floral with hints of light pine, sap and a suggestion of orange fruit. The palate is lightly oiled, again very light and grainy with oiled wood and botanicals. A touch of apricot-ish fruit battles against the gin like spirit middle but looses!

I have to say that I’m disappointed. The predulum bottlings displayed a lot more guts and depth than this. Maybe I’m being a bit hard on this because I though the previous bottlings were really good. I’m not saying that this is a poor spirit, it’s just I feel let down by it.

Mackmyra First Edition 46.1%

First Fill Bourbon/ Virgin Swedish oak

Re-Tasted: Jan 2013

A lot less spirity on the nose than the last time I tasted this. Yes it is still young but there is a good depth of apricot, banana and unsweetened pineapple. Lightly sappy with notes of crisp unsweetened barley.

The palate is soft and gentle, opening with some slightly sugared barley, followed by apricot, banana and pineapple. Relatively straightforward with a spicy finish. There is not a huge degree of oak interaction, maybe an intimation of toasted vanilla, but that’s about it. In conclusion it’s a lot better than the last time I encountered it, then I was seriously disappointed, now it’s a pleasant, easy going 3-5 year old malt.

Mackmyra First Edition 46.1%

Re-Tasted: Sept 2015

A lovely nose of aromatic, slightly dusty barley, creamy oak and estery pineapple and apricot. Hints of edgy spices follow with earth, herbs and a late subtle honey note.

The palate is full and barley’d with sweet vanilla and edgy herbal oak. Unsweetened pineapple and apricot comes through with a lovely intensity. Quite youthful but a long, sweet oak and spice finish. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

Mackmyra Svensk Ek 46.1%

Bourbon/ Swedish oak

Tasted: Sept 2015

Soft and full, barley’d aromas. Quite estery – pineapple, apricot, peach and pear with hints of sandalwood and ginger. Subtly earthy with a developing taught, grainy wood spices and a touch of buttery vanilla.

The palate opens with the soft peppery spices and sandalwood. Apricot, pear, apple and barley comes through powerfully on the middle along with a touch of ginger, herbs and subtle, grainy almost French oak notes. Excellent depth and complexity. Very long with some American oak vanillins appearing, but wow, that’s spicy! An almost rye-like spiciness!

Mackmyra Svensk Rok 46.1%

Bottled 2013/ Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Crisp And phenolic with very sweet, heathery peat and hints of boiled sweets, pear drops and barley.

Palate: Soft and a little watery with barley and light honey notes. The peat is very subtle with building notes of heather and granulated sugar.

Finish: Crisp and very citric, quite mouth-watering in fact. Lingering heather notes.

Conclusion: Relatively straightforward but pleasant with an excellent finish.

Mackmyra Svensk Rok 46.1%

Re- Tasted: Aug 2015

Fresh, briny and faintly phenolic aromas with hints of sweet ‘Toshan-like boiled sweets, barley, rye-like herbs, earthy peat and biscuity notes.

Youthful but displaying a lovely degree of sweet barley with hints of honey, fishy-peat, biscuits, earth and , rye-like herbal notes. Quite a fresh and salty finish with a touch of vanilla, wood smoke and berries on the finish.

Mackmyra 10 year old 46.1%

Bourbon Cask, First Fill Quarter Cask Finish

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Young, intense and gristy aromas of lemon, edgy peat, manure and sweet-ish marc-like notes. With time more of the decaying rose petal notes come through.

Palate: Opens with edgy barley and herbs. Very lightly oaked but supportive, adding a touch of lightly toasted caramel.

Finish: Very long, dry and herbal with the marc-like notes lingering.

Conclusion: Strangely compelling. It’s a bit rough at the edges but it’s an honest spirit.


Mackmyra Special Edition 03 ‘Small Casks’ 48.2%

Matured in a combination of Sherry, Bourbon and Virgin Swedish oak 30 litre casks

Tasted: Jan 2013

A slightly deeper but displaying a similar fruit profile to the First Edition – Apricot, banana, fleshy white fruit and pineapple. However, aging in smaller oak casks has added a greater degree of oak intensity. Again slightly sappy with hints of vanilla, sherried dried fruit and an almost Tequila-esque pepperiness. All very harmonious

The palate is quite fresh and citrusy with a distinct mineral hardness. Gently fruity with a big hit of bitter oak and tannins. Yes there is a touch of sweet barley but I’m struggling to get past the bitterness of the oak. It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t think I would part with £60 for a bottle of it.


Mackmyra: Moment Barnsten 49.8%

Tasted: Jan 2015

Nose: Aromatic, sweet corn and enormous herbal rye and coffee’d rye go head to head with chunky oak. Hints of praline and cream appear but the focus is well and truly on the herbal rye.

Palate: Oily with herbal rye and hints of lightly toasted wheat flakes, bran and treacle. Again the oak is pretty dense but it sits beneath, but it does display a harder, grittier and more tannic character.

Finish: Reasonable length with again plenty of herbal notes. Finally a little creamy oak and corn comes through but it’s quite a dry finish.

Conclusion: Entertaining but it just lacks some sweetness to balance the alcohol and the almost astringent rye.

Mackmyra: Moment Solsken 52.6%

Tasted: Apr 2015

Nose: Pungent, sugar coated almonds, barley and toffee. The aromas become quite leafy an herbal with time and hints of apricot, orange, tangerine and banana appear. Water makes it a little more aromatic and allows some buttery American oak notes to appear.

Palate: The intensity of sugar coated barley is frightening. Almond and sweet, leafy herbs follow along with a touch of dried grape and honey (Sauternes finished?) Quite alcoholic with developing apricot and wood smoke. Water emphasises the casks sweetness.

Finish: Very long and very herbal with plenty of drying alcohol. Water lengthens and sweetens.

Conclusion: Now, that’s an excellent whisky. It has power, elegance and complexity. If it isn’t aged or finished in an ex-Sauternes cask then I have no idea where that sweetens comes from! Either way it is a must buy whisky!

Mackmyra Moment: Blomstead 46.1%

Oloroso & Pedro Ximinez casks, finished in ex Cherry wine casks.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A chunky and dense nose of toffee, Oloroso, Pedro Ximinez, malt and hints of dark cherry fruit. Quite elegant and balanced with a subtle nuttiness.

The palate is rich and toffee’d with plenty of grapey/ treacly Pedro Ximinez and spicy Oloroso. Again well balanced with a little barley character and hints of honey and cherry fruit coming through. Vibrant finish with slightly perfumed vanilla, ginger and subtle herbal notes.

Mackmyra Moment: Maelstrom 46.4%

Aged in 30ltr casks – First Fill Bourbon, new American oak, Oloroso, Swedish oak and hybrid casks (American oak body, Swedish oak ends)

Tasted: Mar 2017

An intense and oaky nose. Perfumed and subtle vanilla mingles with taught, resiny Swedish oak, sherry spice. Underneath is a good depth of almost tropical apricot and pineapple fruit, barley, wood smoke, white pepper and nettly herbs.

The palate is earthy and a little more rugged and less fruity than the nose suggests. Still balanced and elegant with vanilla, herbal Oloroso and tight, spicy, grainy Swedish oak. Juicy, honeyed and mouth-watering middle with hints of sub-Armagnacy dried fruit. Very long with the creamy American oak coming back on the finish.

Mackmyra Moment: Skog 52.4%

Finished in ex Lingonberry and Blueberry wine casks.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A pungent, natural and rugged nose of dark berry fruit and dark chocolate. Hints of herbal peat, treacle, pine and hints of spicy oak. Quite dark, foresty and malty with cocoa powder and coffee.

Herbal and soft, although, dark and tannic. The oak is a little aggressive but the treacle,, pine, blueberry balances. Again pleasantly natural and rugged with a great mouth-watering intensity. Quite a youthful finish with tongue tingling spice, citrus and a subtle marc-like note.

A drop of water emphasises its youth and herbal, piney, foresty winey notes. The palate shows a little more vanilla and toffee’d oak.  Again the emphasis is on the herbal, berry fruit and pine. Still a fairly youthful finish.

Mackmyra Moment: Ledin 48.2%

First Fill Bourbon (Sauternes seasoned)

Casks selected by Angela D’Orazio and Tomas Ledin (Swedish singer/ songwriter)

Tasted: Oct 2017

Intense, rich, honeyed aromas with hints of pear, vanilla and lightly toasty oak. It becomes quite fragrant and grapey with an aromatic, sweet and herbal spiciness.

The palate is oily and viscous with nutty honey and soft grapey notes. Lightly herbal on the middle with hints of barley and subtle but estery fruit. The lovely honey notes deepen and the finish is long and full of dusty, earthy spice, vanilla and lingering estery fruit.

Mackmyra Moment: Korsbar 47%

Korsbar means cherry in Swedish

Blend of First Fill 128ltr ex-Oloroso (Sweet cherry wine seasoned), First Fill 200ltr ex-Bourbon (Sweet cherry wine seasoned), plus Mackmyra Reserve aged in 300ltr First fill Bourbon, First fill American oak (Oloroso seasoned) and Hybrid Bourbon/ New Swedish oak casks.

Tasted: Oct 2017

Initially the aromas are hugely fruity – Cherry and Oloroso. However give it some time and the complexity of the aromas is breath-taking. It’s quite spicy and subtly herbal with an underlying, classic fruity spirit character. The tight and spicy oak comes through along with a light, pine sap and foresty notes and finally a touch of barley and earthy vanilla.

The palate opens with the cherry fruit and a touch of bitter oak and herbal Oloroso. Lightly chocolaty with hints of ginger and sweeter cherry. Delightfully herbal and spicy on the middle, with layer upon layer of flavour. Long and a little drying with lingering cherries and oak – pure Oloroso, vanilla, toasty American and slightly tight, grainy Swedish oak. A truly stunning blend of different cask types!

Mackmyra Seasons: Midvinter 46.1%

Tasted: Mar 2015

Nose: Exuberantly estery and fruity with pineapple, banana, guava, melon, creamy oak and a touch of eucalyptus. A touch of pomegranate and musky flower emerge along with a late toffee note. Over time the toffee begins to dominate.

Palate: Crisper and less estery than the nose, showing more barley, but the sub-tropical under-ripe banana, melon, pineapple are still there along with the toffee. Quite herbal, almost rye-like on the middle.

Finish: Long, juicy and really well balanced.

Conclusion: An all-round lovely malt. An Irish rye whiskey perhaps?

Mackmyra Seasons: Iskristall 46.1%

American & Swedish Oak, PX Sherry Finish

Bottled 1014/ Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Pungent and youthful with coffee and oily spirit notes. A touch of barley and boiled sweets comes through along with some creamy oak and herbal notes.

Palate: Edgy but soft with herbal coffee and creamy oak. Plenty of barley on the middle with hints of herbal rye-like notes.

Finish: Intense, youthful and herbal, but quite long

Conclusion: Lovely intensity and integration. I would like to see this with a bit more maturity.

Mackmyra Seasons: Iskristall 46%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2015

Nose: Very perfumed and estery with pineapple and banana, but there’s also a slight youthful spiritiness to the aromas. With time it becomes quite herbal and rye-like.

Palate: Lightly oiled and like the nose very estery with a gentle spice note along with a whiff of smoke. Pleasantly sweet with a good depth.

Finish: Long and very enjoyable with a touch of white chocolate and barley in the finish.

Mackmyra Seasons: Midnattssol 46.1%

American, Swedish oak, Sherry, Bourbon. Finished in cask that once held Swedish wine made from Birch sap

Tasted: May 2015

Thick, dense and saturated aromas of sappy honey and sweet apricot with hints of pineapple, elderflower, pear, citrus and sweet herbal notes. Full and aromatic with a late coffee/ vanilla note appearing.

The palate is full and honeyed. Herbal and sappy with sweet barley, apricot, pineapple and toffee. A pleasantly crisp citrus note balances the sweetness and a touchy of gentle spice and oak follows. Long and herbal with hints of green oak in the finish.

Mackmyra Seasons: Vinterdrom 46.1%

Finished in ex-Plantation Jamaican rum casks.

Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose is slightly oily and youthful, opening with barley, anise and subtle herbal notes. The slightly high toned dried fruit comes through with hints of oak, cocoa spice, banana and rye-like herbs.

Soft, full and generously fruity on the palate. Youthful barley and oak mingle with luscious dried fruit, molasses, spice, tobacco leaf and malt. The rye-like herbal notes come through on the middle and the finish is long and oaky but with a balancing tart citrus and salty note.

Mackmyra Seasons: Vinterdrom 46.1%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2017

The nose is lightly oiled with sweet-ish banana and sultana from the rum casks. Hints of barley, anise and rye-like herbs follow and it develops a lovely, almost agricole-eque herbal note.

The palate is full and oily with plenty of rummy dried fruit, rye-like herbs, molasses and light spice. Some astringent, almost agricole notes add balance. Long and herbal with lingering sweet barley, salt and oily rum notes.

Mackmyra Season: 10 year old 46.1%

Bourbon, Virgin charred oak, Oloroso and Swedish oak.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A soft and supple nose which kicks off with the grainy Swedish oak, followed by classic notes of apricot, banana, green apple and fragrant honey, followed by hints of toffee, toasted oak and mocha. Beautifully balanced with a hint of spicy sherry and a late, herbal rye-like note.

The palate is soft and voluptuous with barley, honey and subtle, sub-tropical fruit. The toffee’d, nutty, vanilla’d oak follows along with a touch of grainy sherry wood. Like the nose it is superbly balanced and displays a lovely progression of flavours in the mouth. Long and frsh with a slightly gingery finish and herbal after-taste.

Mackmyra Seasons: Skordetid 46.1%

Blend of: First Fill Bourbon, First Fill Oloroso, First Fill ex-Masi Costasera Amarone, Fist Fill American oak (PX sherry seasoned) and 30ltr Mackmyra Reserve.

Tasted: Oct 2017

The nose is fresh and aromatic with plenty of creamy American oak, along with tropical apricot, pineapple and barley. The Amarone adds a background of sweet and spicy red fruits with a touch of aniseed, treacle, raisin, ginger and vanilla. Beautifully fragrant.

The palate opens with the herbal barley and although the fruit is less exuberantly tropical, it’s still pretty fruity. Hints of ginger, lime and fleshy barley follow and just like the nose the winey red fruits are pleasantly subtle and unassuming. Seriously multi-layered with hints of treacle and raisins towards the middle. Long and spicy with lingering herbal sherry and raisinated fruit. Stunning progression.







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