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Mackmyra's best (and worst) whisky to date

 28 Jul 2010  

The Swedish whisky dis­til­lery Mackmyra continues to make periodic releases, now under the "Special" moniker. Like in the earlier "Preludium" series, each bottling is a vatting of one or more of Mack­myra's six recipes: peated or unpeated distillate aged in ex-bourbon, ex-sherry or fresh Swedish oak casks. These vattings show an in­ter­est­ing variation in style but some of the combinations clearly work better than others... Today I tried the two latest releases, the Special:03 (from late last year) and the 04 (released this summer).

Mackmyra Special:03 48.2%:
Nice nose with sherry, oak and wood smoke, also vanilla and citrus. The palate is another matter: at first there's a musty oakiness, then citrus, then a pang of fresh pepper­mint which fades into the spicy finish. All in all it's in­ter­est­ing but quite splintered. (77 p)

Mackmyra Special:04 53.0%:
Very nice fragrant nose with oak shavings, vanilla, apricot marmalade and pears in syrup - maybe a little heavy on the oak, however. The palate is at first mild and light, quite sweet and fruity (almost tart) then de­velops oak and heat. The finish is peppery and fiery yet quite nice. (85 p)

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