Kategoriarkiv: Sweden

Mackmyra Björksav

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky is a 2021 seasonal release. It’s aged in ex-Bourbon (30 %), Oloroso sherry seasoned american oak casks (24 %), swedish oak casks (8 %) and ex-birch sap wine casks (20 %). There are also casks used which just are named ”spicy casks” (18 %).

Mackmyra Svensk Ek

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and sweet. At first there’s a mix of vanilla and ripe apples and pears. There’s also a second layer behind the fruitiness with honey and fresh oak. It feels quite young and spirity. There are some wood spices coming through as well as liquorice. This is a decent nose but there’s not much happening in the glass. It stays the same throughout which makes it a bit uninteresting.

Mouth: It starts out with the same ripe apples and pears covered in vanilla and oak. It’s quite spicy with black pepper and wood spices. The oak is a bit hard to pinpoint and it feels a bit dry and weird. The whole feels a bit more homogenous at this point but there’s still not much to discover other than what is presented from the start. For those who wait there’s a hint of toffee and a savory note emerging from the back.

Finish: The fruitiness dies down rather quickly and all that’s left is the oakiness and the black pepper spicyness. It’s a dry oak with a perfumey character which actually makes the finish a bit weird. It still feels young and the cask influence feels rushed. This is an ok whisky but it feels a bit boring and rushed for flavour. It should be good as a base in longdrinks and cocktails.

Additional information
10 % of this whisky is aged for 18 months in new heavily charred swedish oak casks. The rest is aged in ex-bourbon american oak barrels.

Box Dálvve

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and peaty. At first there’s a menthol layer sitting above a fresh herbaceous peatiness. There’s vanilla and some green fruits starting to come through after a few seconds. There’s also a small hint of play-doh floating around in the middle of everything. The peatiness evolves slowly towards ashes and burning tobacco and the smoke mixes with the menthol. It becomes sweeter with time in the glass. This is a nice and interesting nose.

Mouth: It starts out quite spicy with a fruity bottom layer. The peat arrives right away and it’s creating an outer layer together with honey and vanilla. It’s still herbaceous with a side note of tobacco. In the middle there’s a maltiness and a savory note. There’s also a bitter black coffee note and freshly planed oak. It still feels young and unsettled, but there are a lot of flavours seeking attention.

Finish: The menthol returns for a quick but substancial visit and then just sort of lingers through the entire finish. Next to come through are both the peaty outer layer and the honey sweet and malty core. The fruitiness is still there, but never really breaks through the big flavours up front. Eventually the oak shows up and it’s nice enough, but feels a bit characterless. The bitter coffee note is not as pronounced in the finish as it is in the mouth. This is a great, albeit young whisky with a lot to offer.

Additional information
This whisky is matured for about 5 years in american ex-bourbon barrels. The distillate is made from 24 % peated malt and 76 % unpeated. The peated malt has a ppm level of 39. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. This is batch 003.

High Coast Älv (River)

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and sweet. At first there’s a sweet honey and vanilla layer surrounding the edges of the glass while the center core reveals a ”spirity” green apple distillate. There’s an overlay of sweet liquorice and a salty character comes through from the back. It becomes sweeter with time in the glass. This is not a complex nose and it’s young but it has no sharp edges or harshness coming through.

Mouth: There’s a big immidiate impact of sweetness, ABV spicyness and liquorice. When it settles the green apples arrive. It does show a little harshness on the palate. There’s a thin but nice black coffee bitterness showing up in the background but it’s way back and isn’t making any claims to be in focus. It feels a bit uneventful at this point.

Finish: It starts out with the ABV turning into a black pepper spicyness. Otherwise there’s the same sweetness, the same thin coffee note in the back and liquorice is still a main part of the experience. The green apples are pushed to the back when the oakiness arrives. It’s a nice fresh oakiness which makes a subtle entrance and slowly takes over. The liquorice remains and the two stays for the late finish. This is a decent whisky which really shows a good distillery character, but as a standalone whisky it lacks in both age and complexity.

Additional information
This is part of the High Coast Origins series. It’s aged for around 6-7 years in ex-bourbon barrels and quarter casks. 8259 bottles were released. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Sweden Rock 21 – Ny Amerikansk Ek (Box)

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a big hit from the charred oak with vanilla and a dry charcoal smokiness. Underneath lies a thin layer of red berries and a fresh sour lemon as well. It’s got an initial bourbon character which mellows out with time in the glass which gives more room for the distillate to shine through. After a while a thin butterscotch note emerges from the background. This is a decent nose but it feels a bit over-oaked which hides the nice flavours underneath.

Mouth: It starts out with a very prickly spicyness coming from the wood followed by the heavy oakiness. The charcoal is less noticable on the palate. It’s actually quite unpleasant at first. When it settles a bit there’s a lemon note in the back as well as a feint butterscotch note. The red berries do come through for those who wait long enough. The distillate comes through as a bit flat due to the low ABV, but the wood spices are already attacking the palate enough.

Finish: The finish starts out with a mix of ripe red berries and butterscotch coming through from the back as the wood spices take a much needed brake for a second or two. They return once again though and together with the wood obscures most of the flavours all the way through the finish. The charcoal returns in the late finish. This is a so and so whisky which is way too oaky and spicy. It feels unbalanced and leaves a lot of the nice flavours obscured by the heavy oakiness. This should do well as a base for longdrinks and cocktails though.

Additional information
This is a limited edition swedish whisky made by the Box Distillery and blended by Agitator whisky maker for the Sweden Rock festival. It’s aged for at least 5-6 years in a mix of heavily charred new oak casks and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn – The Nose

ABV: 44,9 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is spicy oak and dark fruits. The oak is very pronounced from the get-go. There are notes of pine and ethanol connected to it which seems to come from the vodka casks. The combination creates a prickly sensation which is rather unpleasant. Underneath lies a layer of undefinable dark ripe fruits and berries. The fruitiness is wrapped in a vanilla coating which becomes sweeter over time. There’s also a hint of green apples coming through from the back. After a while a hint of sulfur and peat starts to emerge which gives it a nice depth. This is a very busy nose which seems rather unbalanced and a bit over-oaked. It’s an interesting exploration nevertheless.

Mouth: It starts out with a fruity sweetness together with the same piney oakiness as on the nose but it’s now a bit less prominent. It’s still not a great addition to the whole though. It takes a few seconds before the sweetness and fruitiness starts to give out vanilla and ripe red grapes with a hint of lemon in the back. The peat and the sulfur are still creating a nice gritty background but it’s overrun by the top notes. It’s still very busy and sort of unbalansed, but a lot better than on the nose.

Finish: When the initial impact subsides the first thing to push through is a mix of the peat, vanilla and the oakiness which now has shifted and started producing a nice hazelnut nuttiness. It finally seems to have found its balance between the flavours and the late finish is actually pretty good. The gritty background seem to follow along in the late finish which gives a pleasant experience in the end. This is a good whisky which seems a bit over-engineered and all over the place. It’s a nice exploration but not the best tasting whisky out there. And ironically, the nose is the worst part of the journey.

Additional information
This single malt is aged for at least 8 years in a mix of 21 casks. 14 Querqus Petraea french ex-wine casks and 7 american Querqus Muehlenbergii casks, some virgin oak, some ex-vodka. It’s then been married in spanish Querqus Robur ex-Oloroso casks.

High Coast Berg (Mountain)

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and fresh oak. At first there’s a thick lid of dark fruits covered in a brown sugar syryp. It’s sitting on top of a young, spirity distillate. There’s an immidiate oakiness covering the background. Up front there are cinnamon and mild spearmint notes. There’s a fresher green apple note coming through as well, but the whole thing feels top heavy and one-dimensional. With time a coffee note emerges in the center. This is a nice nose but corners are cut which is very much noticable.

Mouth: It starts out with a very dark fruitiness together with a coffee bitterness. There’s an immidiate oakiness, with is a bit too close for comfort. It still feels like all the flavours sits on top and there’s a lack of complexity underneath. With time it produces a chili spicyness and a hint of walnut. The brown sugar returns but it’s not as pronounced as on the nose. The freshness from the distillate is well hidden behind the oak and sherry.

Finish: The finish starts out with the dark sherry notes and the oak moving forwards in different layers without ever touching each other. It sort of feels like there’s a hole in the middle of it all. After a while that hole gets filled with some walnuts and coffee. In the late finish it’s just the oakiness by itself. It becomes too oaky and sort of off-putting in the end. This is a good whisky, but the corners cut to create this sherry-bomb has made it overoaked and top heavy.

Additional information
This single malt is part of the High Coast Origins series. It’s about 6 YO, first aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in a mix of first fill american oak PX-casks of various sizes. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Engelbrekt

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and sweet. At first there’s a thin layer of honey, vanilla and toffee sitting on top of a fruity and ethanol driven background. There are apples and coconuts as well as floral and oaky notes floating around within. With time the sweetness increase in intensity which is much needed to balance out the young distillate. This is a nice but very spirit driven nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a quite noticable distillate and when the sweetness arrives it resides out on the edges. The fruity and floral notes are in there but it feels like they’re pushed away. The same goes for the toffee as well. There’s a hint of coconut left and it’s connected to a fresh oakiness which also comes with a bitterness in the tail end. There’s lemon and a metallic note in the back. The toffee notes move forward with time though and somewhat covers the young distillate.

Finish: There’s a nice spicyness passing through at the start of the finish. When it settles the distillate takes over once again. The apples return for a quick visit. The toffee flavour return as well and leads way into the oakiness. It’s a nutty and fresh oak with a lot of character. The late finish is certainly the best part of the journey. This is a young and spirit driven whisky which has some nice notes, but it really could do with a couple of more years in a cask.

Additional information
Engelbrekt is aged for at least 5 years in ex-bourbon hogsheads and then finished in virgin oak barrels. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Skånska Spritfabriken g-Whisky Stout Cask

ABV: 50,1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky is aged for 4,5 years in new french oak, ex-red wine, ex-oloroso sherry and ex-stout casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. The bottle tried is no. 417/977.

Mackmyra Mack

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Ripe red apples, butterscotch, vanilla, undefined bitter note in the back.

Mouth: Smooth butterscotch, vanilla, sweetness, citrus, oak spices, bitter note’s still in there.

Finish: Oak, black pepper, oak spices linger, dry mouthfeel, bitter note lingers, Hazelnuts.

Additional information
This is Mackmyra’s entry level whisky. It’s matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels for 5 years before bottling.

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn MerCurious Corn Whisky

ABV: 45.6 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Corn Whisky
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet corn and fresh mint. At first there’s a layer of sweet, dusty corn and a vanilla sweetness covering everything. The rest of the space is filled with a fresh minty cloud. After a few seconds a butterscotch note appears in the center and spreads out and merges with the vanilla. There are few changes on the nose over time. This is a simple but pleasant nose.

Mouth: It starts out sweet with a pertruding corn note and a hard to define fruitiness. Soon the background gets crowded with a dry oakiness, anise seeds and dried herbs. It’s got a clear bitter note shining through. After a few seconds it becomes very dusty and slightly astringent. The corn note moves to the top layer as the bitterness increases. It becomes spicy after a while and the thin butterscotch layer returns.

Finish: a wave of bitterness and dry oak rolls in with notes of dried herbs and anise. The minty freshness returns before a sweet mix of honey and vanilla breaks through. Then it becomes very oaky. It’s a very fresh, woodshop kind of oakiness. It’s astringent and dry. This is an interesting whisky because of it’s origin, but an average whisky by taste. Kudos for the courage to venture outside the box!

Additional information
This swedish corn whisky was released in 2019. It has a mashbill of 88 % corn, 5 % wheat, 3,5 % rye and 3,5 % malted barley. Each batch (this is batch 1) consists of 14 virgin american oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered with natural color and matured between 3-8 years.

Mackmyra Vinterglöd

ABV: 46,1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is honey sweet with a fruity tang. There’s vanilla and oranges and a hint of cinnamon. There’s some notes of anise in the background together with notes of mulled wine. There’s also peppermint and sweet black liquorice. A hint of raspberries comes through after a while. It’s very aromatic and suits the winter season very well.

Mouth: It’s got a very fruity overlay, but the main core is the honey and vanilla. There’s anise and liquorice, but now those are attached to a thin note of ripe bananas. There’s cinnamon a-plenty and the fruitiness is packed with oranges and black grapes. The spicyness seems to be connected to the cinnamon and comes forward slowly. After a couple of seconds butterscotch arrives. The oak is there but acts like a backdrop and completing the scenery.

Finish: The spicyness just kind of floats over to the finish and the cinnamon and anise move up in front. Behind those a very pleasant oak starts to roll in. The mulled wine comes back and gives the finish a nice touch together with a pleasant butterscotch note. The distillate is noticable and it feels a bit young, but the perfumey flavours of everything else mask the youthness well. The raspberries comes through once again and bring some company in some tropical fruitiness and bananas before the oakiness makes a solo exit. This is spot on as a seasonal release.

Additional information
The ”Vinterglöd” (Winter Embers) is a seasonal release from Mackmyra. It’s finished in casks that previously held mulled wine and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry.

Bergslagens Santa -18 Julmust Cask Finish

ABV: 51 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is somewhat fruity and very spicy. The first thing coming through is rye, with anise root and spices together with the sweetness of honey and vanilla. There’s a chalk note residing in the background. The ”julmust” is not detectable on the nose, but it makes the whisky very perfumey.

Mouth: It starts out very spicy and it still could pass off as a rye. The chalk note is still sitting on top of some vanilla and processed sugar sweetness. The oak makes an early entrance and it comes with a hefty astringency. The perfumey notes still come through and there’s a very small, (maybe even suggestive) note of Julmust.

Finish: Finally some of the sherry notes comes through with assorted red fruits and berries. It quickly goes back to the rye notes and the chalk. A hint of the ”julmust” is still peeking through with a slight bitterness. A pleasant oak finish follows with some freshly brewed coffee. After a while when everything else is gone some tropical fruits makes a late appearance. I love the innovation, but it’s just a fun and kind of weird experiment.

Additional information
This is first aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels for about 6 years, then finished for 12 months in third fill american ex-Oloroso sherry casks, where the second fill of the cask was the swedish seasonal beverage ”Julmust” which is made from malt and hops (It sort of tastes like a mix of Coca-Cola and a stout).

Mackmyra Brukswhisky

ABV: 41.4 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very fruity and floral. The nose is fresh and crisp with lemongrass and green grapes. It’s got a white wine aura with a perfume-like overlay. It’s a tiny bit spicy and there’s a drizzle of honey on top. Everything seem to be coated with a thin layer of vanilla cream. It’s easy on the nose with pleasant oak notes around the edges. It grows sweeter and warmer with time in the glass.

Mouth: It start out sweet and somewhat malty (without being dense and dusty). The spicyness comes rolling in together with an aromatic oak note. The fruitiness and white wine note take a few steps back, but the sour lemon stays up front. The vanilla cream and honey give the whole thing a nice, varm comforting roundness. It feels a bit young but not in a harsh way. There’s a tiny cardboard note as well as some bitterness sitting in the background.

Finish: The finish is very oak driven. The vanilla and honey notes keep the oak company as a baseline. The fruitiness dies rather quickly. The oak note is dry but not astringent and comes with just a touch of nuttiness. The youthness is still very obvious but still not in an unpleasant way. The spices tag along down the road creating a full experience.

Additional information
This was released in 2010 and it’s part of the distillery’s core range. It’s aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels, ex-sherry casks and virgin swedish oak casks. Part of the barley is dried with swedish peat and juniper wood.

Mackmyra Svensk Rök

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: The juniper wood is really jumping out of the glass. The smoke is subtle yet clearly present. There’s honey, lemon and a hint of oak. It feels young and fresh with a vibrant and aromatic nose.

Mouth: Sweetness with honey and muted butterscotch notes. The juniper wood mixes nicely with the dusty, dry smoke. A spicyness builds up, which fits nicely with the special wood notes that the juniper wood brings.

Finish: It starts out with some menthol, then the smoke and wood takes over. The dusty juniper wood is a red thread throughout. The wood gives a hint of mango and peaches somewhere in the middle of the finish. The spices carry all the way through. Very pleasant finish with the original smoke and wood notes lingering.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2013. The smoke comes from burning both peat and juniper to stop the germination. The casks used for maturation is american oak, swedish oak, refills and ex-oloroso sherry casks.

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn – Hvenus Rye Whisky

ABV: 45.6 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Rye
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Pine, mint, pickle juice. Very spicy.

Mouth: Bitterness, spices, pine, sweetness. Rough and astringent.

Finish: Very spicy, pine notes, sweetness and oak. A metallic note covers the mouth.

Additional information
This swedish rye has a mashbill of 78,6 % rye, 11,9 % wheat, 4,8 % corn and 4,8 % malted barley. Each batch (this is batch 1) consists of 42 american oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered with natural color and matured between 3-6 years in a climate controlled warehouse.

Mackmyra Äppelblom

ABV: 46,1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single malt
Bottles in coll.: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded.

Additional information
Äppelblom (Apple blossom) is a 2018 seasonal release from Mackmyra. It’s aged in both virgin and ex-bourbon casks and then finished in ex-Christian Drouin calvados barriques.

Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn Seven Stars No 5 – Alioth

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
Alioth is the fifth release in the ”Seven stars” series. 3167 bottles were released. It consists of 3 types of malt (chocolate, peated and lager malts) and was matured in combination of french quercus petraea (10.8 %), french quercus robur (25.6 %) and american Muehlenbergii 63,6 %). Finally it’s been married spanish ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The peat level is 34 PPM.

Mackmyra Gruvguld

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
Gruvguld is aged in a mine 50m below ground. Three different cask sizes are used, 30L, 100L and 128L. The cask types are ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and a small part of the distillate used is peated. It contains whiskies aged 5-16 years.

Mackmyra Skördetid

ABV: 46.1 %
Origin: Sweden
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
No tasting notes were recorded during the tasting. Only the impression of a quite nice whisky but not the best of Mackmyra’s seasonal releases.

Additional information
Skördetid was aged in a mine 50m below ground. First it was aged between 2008-2012 in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in ex-Masi Amarone red wine casks for another 6 months.