Added: May 2nd 2015
MACKMYRA DISTILLERY INFO
“Why are there no whisky distilleries in Sweden?” Someone of the friends asked. None of the others could answer the question, leaving it floating in the air. Sweden has no tradition of making whisky. We thought that was weird when we began to explore whether it was possible to create a Swedish single malt whisky – for everywhere we turned, we saw opportunities.
That was in 1998, in 1999 the first drops were distilled. In Sweden, we find some of the world’s purest water, filtered to perfection since the Ice Age. It is no coincidence that the distillery is located next to a boulder with constant access to the crystal clear waters. Our Swedish barley develops a special sweetness during the long summer days, a sweetness that has become one of the cornerstones of our whisky.
A large part of our whisky is stored in new Swedish oak. The Swedish oak grows slowly in our harsh climate and gives the whisky a harsher flavor than American Oak. The whisky gets a fiery spice balanced by sweetness similar to caramilized sugar.
Today we produce whisky with the same joy of discovery and experimentation as we did when starting in 1999, but in one of the world’s most modern distilleries. We do it according to the rules of art, but we do it our way and with Swedish ingredients. To produce whisky without additives and with as little environmental impact as possible is for us a matter of course.
Source: Mackmyra Distillery website
Personal note by Paul’s Whisk(e)y Miniature World:
When Mackmyra appeared I was pleased to see “a new country” in the whisky world. They were one of the first, beside the well-known countries, that went into the single malt market. At the beginning there were still some issues taste wise, but they learned very quickly. When I tasted the Ikristall and Midnatissol during the 2014, I was blown away with the quality. Although they will never be a big player, they found there place in the whisky world. They also introduced a miniature during the past year, so what else can we wish for, except that they keep up their current standard.