Mackmyra Special # 5 “Happy Hunting”
The color: Golden straw
Bottled around autumn, 2010, this is the 5th special release from the small swedish whisky distillery, Mackmyra. This malt has been matured in, brace yourself, casks that once held lingonberry and blueberry wine. Wow, very interesting, and refreshing indeed. Let’s see how it tastes..
Nose, this initially reminds me of homemade fruitliquers I’ve made. Very fruity and sweet. Hints of orange chocolate, very crisp. With water, a bit more creamyness. Vanilla sauce, gooseberry and lavender. Very pleasent lemony note after a while.
On the palate, this has the weirdest mouthfeel ever (in a good way). I’m not even gonna try to describe it cause i will fail. Taste however, sweet, fresh, floral, lemonpeel, pear cider, spearmint and pineapples. Green grapes, almost dry whitewine. A bit of heat on the front of the tounge, this is probably quite young whisky.
This was fun to try, different from anything i’ve ever tasted, and i liked it. Well done Mackmyra!
General Notes: The first Mackmyra Distillery was built in 1999. Today it is used only for special expressions and marketing events. The reason is that in 2012 a brand new distillery was built near the old one.
The new distillery is quite tall because it works on the principle of gravity. The water and malted barley start the process on the top floor and the product goes to the bottom floor where the stills are installed. Happy Hunting is the # 5 expression of a special series, launched between 2009 and 2013. It is truly different from your usual Scotch in the sense that it has matured in small Swedish oak barrels before being finished in. barrels saturated with Lingonberry wine. These berries are related to cranberries and blueberries. The Happy Hunting was inspired by an autumn walk in the forest and is not artificially colored. It has now been discontinued but was sold on average for US $ 80.