Mackmyra Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke in English) is the first peated whisky by the artisans of Sweden. Usually Mackmyra releases cask strength whisky, but this is not.
Mackmyra website states, that this whisky is made completely out of Swedish ingredients only. Matured in a selection of Swedish oak casks. According to Mackmyra Master blender Angela D’Orazio, some new oak and apparently 100 liter first-fill casks as well. When tasting Mackmyra Svensk Rök, it feels like first-fill Ex-Bourbon, but it can’t be if all the ingredients are Swedish, right? So it’s probably a first-fill cask of old Mackmyra whisky. The whisky is matured 50 meters below ground in an old mine.
The bottle I got has batch number 060003 and it also states art number: MR-001.
I’ve used Ingmar Bergman references with Mackmyra whiskies before so why stop now. Especially when experiencing a whisky this good. This whisky presents flavors and aromas that differ from each other quite a bit, but manage to melt together in a great way, complimenting each other. Like the movie Fanny and Alexander, which melts together comedy and tragedy very well. In a very Swedish way, just like this whisky.
Juniper is an important ingredient for Swedes. I also detected wee notes of lingonberry, which is another typical Swedish ingredient, especially with meatballs in the form of sauce. So this is truly a Swedish experience. I just love the juniper notes in this dram. “And now this classic flavour can be enjoyed in a new golden form”, states Mackmyra. I couldn’t agree more. I was fascinated about the way how juniper is presented in this whisky. How the smoke and juniper compliment each other very well. Another statement by Mackmyra about Svensk Rök:
A smoky well balanced whisky with juniper smoke, smooth vanilla and roasted oak.
That is so true. Finnish whisky author Jarkko Nikkanen states:
Right from the start, in entirety, it feels like this whisky suits well for Nordic tasters.