Meet the latest addition to our online gift set collection…
Mackmyra Swedish Whisky.
We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with this award-winning and forward-thinking brand. Mackmyra was the first-ever distillery to be established in Sweden, offering a delectable range of fruity and smokey spirits. And to mark the start of our collaboration, here our in-house experts take a closer look at the story of the brand and why their whiskies have become so popular.
Mackmyra – the official ‘Swedish Whisky’ pioneers
The story of Mackmyra famously began with a ski trip in 1998.
A group of eight friends – all whisky enthusiasts – holidayed together, and suddenly realised that there were no whisky distilleries in Sweden. And they couldn’t understand why. Their vision to become pioneers took shape and, one year later, Mackmyra Svensk Whisky was established.
Two delicious whisky recipes
In 2001, after a couple of years of testing and evaluating in their pilot distillery, the brand decided on two key recipes – Mackmyra Elegant and Mackmyra Smoky.
Whilst ‘Elegant’ is deliciously fruity and delicate, ‘Smokey’ – just as the name suggests – is smoky and peppery, seasoned with juniper twigs and peat moss. And over the last 20 years, these basic flavours have been used to create a diverse range of Swedish whiskies, including a fair few award-winners.
From the outset, Mackmyra focused on creating a whisky that was quintessentially Swedish.
Only local barley, spring water and Swedish oak are used in the distillation process. Swedish oak grows very slowly. In fact, the oak trees used were originally planted in the 1800s. And it is this age, combined with the use of small 30-litre casks, that gives the liquor its intensity and spicy yet sweet flavour – similar to caramelised sugar.
All barley is malted and smoked by hand using peat and juniper twigs from the local area. And the whiskies are aged just 45 minutes away from the distillery – 50 metres underground – at the ‘Bodås Mine’ warehouse.
A climate-smart distillery
Mackmyra aims to produce the tastiest Swedish whiskies, whilst having as little impact as possible on the environment.
In 2011, the brand opened the world’s first climate-smart distillery; a 35 metre building that manufactures whisky using the force of gravity. Essentially, raw ingredients are fed into the top of the building, and fall naturally from one stage to the next – until the new-make spirit collects at the bottom.
It is an incredibly eco-friendly method of whisky making and the distillery is completely emission-free. Yet it doesn’t compromise on quality and, we guarantee, the resulting spirit is just as delicious (if not more so!) than any other single malt created using traditional methods.
Our Mackmyra Swedish Whisky Gift Set
Here at Whisky Tasting Company, we’re incredibly proud to present our Mackmyra Swedish Single Malt Whisky Gift Set. This is available for just £30.75 and features the brand’s signature range of whiskies – which, collectively, give a clear representation of the distillery’s style. These include:
- Mackmyra Mack (40% abv)
- Mackmyra Brukswhisky (41.4% abv)
- Mackmyra Svensk Ek (46.1% abv)
- Mackmyra Svensk Rök (46.1% abv)
As an added bonus, the set also contains one of the brand’s seasonal flavours, Mackmyra Vintersol (46.1% abv) – which is an aromatic single malt created in the winter, using ex-port wine casks.
You’ll receive a 30ml measure of each; just enough to sample the intense flavours and introduce your taste buds to the wondrous world of Swedish whisky. As well as a series of tasting cards, with facts and information about the Mackmyra brand, and a luxury whisky-themed tasting mat.
So, why not give it a go?
This is the perfect whisky tasting set to expand your repertoire and see what all the fuss is about. Treat yourself today and let us know what you think. Or if you have any questions about Mackmyra Swedish Whisky and the set available in our store, please feel free to get in touch. You can either give us a call on 01743 247220 or fill out our online form and we’ll get back to you.