Craft distilleries are getting popular around the world and the number of new established distillery have been growing dramatically globally within recent ten to fifteen years. This trend is also highly appreciated in the Nordic. Therefore, an idea of having own distilleries came up at a group of Swedish' mind in 1998.
With pure water from ice age and quality barley growing in the region (Nordic countries are one of the biggest exporters of barley for beer making in the world), together with lots of oak forests, this combination had given an excellent condition to have a purely Swedish made single malt.
Mackmyra (in swedish pronunciation is Mak-mü-ra, in chinese sound "y" is pronounced as ”於”) was established in the eastern coast of Sweden in 1999 with lots of experiences and trials of recipes in the following years, the official recipe was confirmed in 2001 and Mackmyra started the production officially in 2002. They were the first and oldest distillery in Sweden (and probably the whole Nordic). Their first limited whisky, Preludium 01 (The First Drops) was launched in March 2006 and 4000 bottles were sold out in 20mins. In 2008, Mackmyra launched their first core product called "The First Edition".
Mackmyra Blomstertid is the newly launched limited edition (released on 6 May 2016 in Sweden) in the series of Mackmyra Seasons. There are six bottles launched so far in the series with different finishes in very unusual/ special cask. The bottles are all named in Swedish with representing different times of a year: Blomstertid (Blossom time), Vinterrok (Winter Smoke), Sommartid (Summer Time), Midvinter (Mid Winter), Midnattssol (Midnight Sun) and Iskristall (Ice Crystal). Blomstertid is aged in a mix of various casks: new and first fill American wine casks, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks, and a third is aged in ex-Bourbon casks that have been seasoned with aged cherry wine.
Mackmyra Blomstertid MC-006 46.1%
Appearance: Medium to (+) amber
Aroma: Sweet and floral. first come with lots of sweet (spicy) notes like bread pudding, vanilla, sponge cake, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of different fruits can be detected like ripe apple, red and dark cherry, cherry wood, ripe stone fruit, red berries. There are also hint of savoury and ginger with a bit of alcohol in nose. Dryer and more woody notes come after 10mins with a hint of mint chocolate and grass comes out in 10-15mins.
Palate: Medium body, sweet and spicy. Nutmeg, cinnamon, red berries, red cherry, hint of wood, hint of anise, hint of dry ginger peel, hint of cherry liqueur and red berries wines, hint of minty and grass.
Aftertaste: Short to medium (-) length, hint of red berries, plum peel, hint of cherry skin and seed, hint of wood and burnt toast.
Conclusion: A whisky with quite attractive aroma and have expressive taste of cherry wine/ liqueur cask. A lot of berries and kirsch can be found from both aroma and palate, and also taste a bit like red wine cask. The notes of mint chocolate and grass are quite distinctive as it reminds of the same (almost the same) characters with other Finnish distilleries. I guess this maybe due to the variety of barley and weather here in the Nordic, or maybe some other factors during the production processes that I cannot explain at this moment.
On the other hand, the palate of the whisky is direct and straightforward with a bit too short length. The sweet and spicy characters are illustrating the marriage of bourbon and sherry cask. The age of whisky can be detected as quite young from the palate and the marriage of cask/ complexity/ length. However with the price and the innovation (creativity) of the distillery as a spring drink, it is regarded as ok and acceptable. -81pts