Mackmyra Stjärnrök Swedish Single Malt Whisky – September 2021
Juniper twigs are added to the peat, which comes from Karinmossen 40 km south of Mackmyra, to create a complex and uniquely Swedish flavour to smoke their Swedish grown barley. Once distilled the liquid is then mainly aged in American Oak, Swedish Oak and Ex-Bourbon barrels, and finished in Pedro-Ximenez, Oloroso and cloudberry wine casks to impart sweetness, as well as being mixed with some non-peated whisky to round off the flavours.
The whiskies used are between six and fourteen years, and have been picked by Mackmyra Chief Nose Officer Angela D’Orazio to create the balance of this sweet and smoky expression.
The idea to produce a Swedish whisky was conceived by eight friends in a mountain cabin back in 1998. To ensure they stayed in touch after studying engineering together, the group had a tradition of meeting up in Sälen once a year. This time, purely by chance, everyone had brought along a bottle of whisky. During dinner, one of them wondered why there was no Swedish malt whisky, and, if it was possible, why hadn’t anyone already done it? The question remained unanswered but, before long, the vision to become pioneers and produce the first Swedish malt whisky took shape. One year later, in 1999, Mackmyra Svensk Whisky was established.
From the outset Mackmyra was fully focused on creating a whisky which was quintessentially Swedish. The journey began with local barley, spring water and Swedish oak. Then, thanks to a lucky coincidence, Mackmyra developed the 30-litre cask which, in its smaller format, allows the whisky to mature more intensively. Even the smoky recipe has a Swedish signature and is malted and smoked by hand using locally cut peat together with juniper twigs. A short distance from the distillery, the whisky is then aged in a unique location; the old Bodås Mine, 50 metres underground.
Today, Mackmyra produces whisky with the same curiosity and experimental zeal as in 1999, but now in the ground-breaking Gravity Distillery, which harnesses the force of gravity to aid production and is designed to substantially reduce the carbon footprint. Guided by the historical knowledge of whisky production, Mackmyra employs its own methods to create innovative products using Swedish ingredients.
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