A few swedes now, from Mackmyra’s Special series.
Matured in bourbon casks. 12000 bottles worldwide.
On the nose: Citrus. Oranges I think. Heather, freshly cut grass and honey. Floral perfume and green twigs. A ton of pears with water added. Fruity and citric sorbet. Ginger and lime.
On the palate: Honey and bananatoffee. Some floral notes and a bit of woodvarnish. Flattens out a bit with water(I might have drowned it). Watery malt and citrus. Spiced honey, bitter grass and malt in the finish. Woodvarnish and pepper With water.
Big fan of the pears on the nose here. Other than that, a bit boring.
Finished in casks that previously held raspberrywine.
On the nose: Sweet fruits. Strawberry jam, cloudberries, blueberries, vanilla and sweet wood. Very fruity! Prominent orange marmelade and syrup with water added.
On the palate: Still sweet. Canned Peaches.. canned tropical fruits in general, actually. Light malt and slightly metallic note. Juicier with water. Hints of green grapes. The finish has dusty yet sweet oak. Hints of bitter lemons. Drier after a while. Sweeter and fruitier with water.
Water seems to balance this out a bit. I like the effect the raspberrywine casks had on the spirit although I couldn’t find any raspberries on the nose nor the palate. All in all – a refreshing and typical Mackmyra as far as I can tell.
There seems to be mixed understandings as far as how and what this has been matured in, but this is what the Mackmyra website says:
“…finished on casks that have previously stored whisky spiced with freshly roasted coffee beans.”
So I’m guessing we’re dealing with bourbon and coffee here. Let’s get on with it.
On the nose: Mild and light. Lemons, lightly roasted coffee, wet paper, nuts and sandalwood. Very crisp. More acidic than the previous one(Special:09). Hints of green apples. Curry paste with time. Water brings out toasted pine nuts, almonds, wool, nutmeg and a hint of thyme. Still getting hints of curry.
On the palate: Wet cardboard(not necessarily a bad thing), cigar tobacco, leather, grapefruit and a hint of clove. Quite spicy. Dry chocolate and nuts with water. The finish has red apples, pepper, clove and burnt wood.
Definitely the most interesting of the three, not the best, but the most interesting. A few iffy notes appear with water added so I would reccommend serving this neat.
(Thanks to Johan for the samples!)