Mackmyra Brukswhisky

Founded in 1999, Mackmyra, Sweden's first whisky distillery, quickly built a good reputation. First released in 2010, Brukswhisky is mostly first fill bourbon barrel matured stock but there's also some sherry and Swedish oak matured stock in there, too. There's word that some smoky malt (smoked using bog moss and juniper wood) is in the mash bill. Interesting...

Behind window #17: Mackmyra Brukswhisky, 41.4% alc., £33/$50

C: White gold

N: Makes me think of young grain whisky aged in small casks (green, grassy, and lots of oak) with some vanilla and marzipan notes around the edges

P: Light and bright with underripe honeydew melon, more grassy notes, more vanilla, and underlying chamomile tea florals

F: Short with lingering pear notes and vanilla

In conclusion: While a perfectly pleasant light and fruity whisky (if you dig the Lowland style this is in your wheelhouse) it noses and tastes like a very young whisky and, sadly, lacks the smoke I've heard about that would help add a layer of complexity. Like any young distillery it will be worth watching Mackmyra as it grows and builds up its stocks.

Sincere thanks to Master of Malt's Drinks by the Dram for the sample.