Yesterday a Tweeter (of which I can find little info) and Angela D’Orazio (Mackmyra’s Master Blender) hosted a Twitter Tasting of four (!) of Mackmyra‘s newest releases. As with previous Twitter Tastings the tsunami of whisky tweets started a little while before 8pm, because everybody was very much looking forward to it, and counting down.
This whisky is a vatting of different whiskies from the Mackmyra distillery, all single malt. They use multiple recipes and multiple casks to blend this rather elegant mix of flavours. (American oak, new Swedish oak, sherry casks, quarter casks, the ‘elegant’ recipe and a smoky one). Its available in Sweden and Scandinavian Travel Retail at 45 euros.
The nose starts with ground black pepper, unripe pears and it gets more sweet and more fruity after a minute. The palate is a lot sweeter and more sirupy. There are some bubblegum flavours in the mix and it gets just a bit dry in the end. Also some coconut tan lotion (synthetic coconut). The pepper lingers from nose to finish and is the last flavour standing. Not bad, but a bit middle-of-the-road.
Mackmyra Brukswhisky, 41.4%, 45 euros.
Mackmyra Special 06: Sommaräng (Summer Meadow)
Even more different casks in the mix varying from blood tubs (30 liters) to barrels, from new oak to bourbon casks to sherry casks. This whisky was released in Sweden yesterday! It is about 7 years old and available in specialist shops by request at about 67 euros.
The general consensus, including my opinion, was that this whisky starts very restrained and needs quite some time to loosen up. Biscuits, pepper, vanilla and dry cereals on the nose. The taste has some hard candy and fresh cut white oak (or Swedish, wouldn’t know the difference yet). There also is some refrigerated creme brulee and a chalkiness like old fashioned toothpaste. Again, the pepper is present every step of the way. According to Angela D’Orazio, the Swedish oak adds a lot of pepper flavours, which would explain a lot! Again, not bad, but the slow starting nose hinders me a bit.
Mackmyra Special 06 Sommaräng, May 2nd 2011, 46.8%, 67 euros
Mackmyra Moment Jord (Earth)
Another special release of which most bottles have stayed in Sweden. It will be released in August 2011, so that’s a cool look into the future! Mostly refill hogsheads used for this one with some whisky finished in French Bordeaux casks. It will be available in Sweden for about 125 euros.
This one took me by surprise. The wine casks influence is very weird and since there is no smoky whisky in this one, it doesn’t have that edge to it. In the end the first thing that came to mind was Bowmore without the smoke. It was heavily perfumed, but not necessarily in a bad way. It starts very light and there are some flavours and scents associated with light whiskies, but underneath is a very heavy spirit. I got some Napoleon Lemon sweets but after that there was some leather, cocoa and a definite woody tone as well. The finish is long and dry with blue grapes and sour cherries. A nice and evolving dram, with a lot of different flavours.
Mackmyra Moment Jord, 2011, 55.1%, 1470 bottles, 125 euros
Mackmyra Moment Drivved (Driftwood)
This is another limited release for August 2011, but this time with some smoky whisky added to the recipe and matured in Mackmyra’s mine warehouse. The price in Sweden will be 145 euros. The casks used are 4 Bourbon barrels with some smoky whisky from a bourbon cask and from Swedish oak.
This one starts off very bourbon cask-y, with lemon curd and biscuits. I get tea, butter, lemon, vanilla and a hint of salt. Butterscotch as well. Certain hints of peach as well. The finish is quite long and gives a little bit more wood flavours than the previous whiskies. The hint of smoke that is present in the nose, on the palate and on the finish is very smooth throughout this whisky. Very nice! Lots of influences from bourbon casks, and the hint of smoke is really appealing!
Mackmyra Moment Drivved, 2011, 55.5%, 1460 bottles, 145 euros
I haven’t taken the prices into account, since alcohol is VERY expensive in Sweden, and the prices here can be quite different.