Mackmyra, the first edition
The 1st Edition is the new generation of Swedish malt whisky, produced using Swedish ingredients at the Mackmyra Bruk mill, which has a tradition of craftsmanship dating back to the 17th century.
Small casks, Swedish oak and storage in Bodås mine
Much of the whisky in The 1st Edition has been stored in 100-litre casks, which produces an exciting, powerful ageing process. We have also used newly manufactured Swedish oak casks, made using oak that was planted on the island of Visingsö 160 years ago and intended for use in building warships for the Swedish navy. The base is our Elegant recipe, stored in bourbon casks of first fill quality. All stored in the Bodås mine, 50 metres down inside the primary rock.
Citrus, caramel and honey
The colour is light yellow, with hints of amber. The nose is fruity with citrus, pear, apple, honey, light oak with hints of lightly toasted bread and fresh, buttery caramel. The flavour is fruity and subtle, with citrus, caramel and honey. A light hint of oak can be noted at the end. The aftertaste is well-adjusted and balanced, with hints of dark chocolate. For optimal flavour, the alcohol strength has been adjusted to 46.1% using naturally purified water from the Valbo Ridge.
"Enjoy the ride!"
Silky and sensuous with a smooth viscous texture. It’s a light bodied spirit which shows all the exuberant passion of youth, completely free of the weight of oak and the passage of time. It stimulates and uplifts the senses beautifully.
The first notes to rise are of clear honey over fresh pineapple and melon with a zest of lemon rind. It’s a brilliant opening; fresh sweet and citrus really brings the olfactory senses alive and prepares them for the second aromatic phase which takes about 4-5 minutes to emerge. Then the mellowing sweet nature of the oak gives aromas lightly nutty tannins, rich vanilla and hints of spicy gingerbread. The crisp dry sweetness of the toasted malted barley evolves last and holds it all together in a beautifully balanced experience.
The sensations experienced by the nose can all be found in the last taste which is a sign of good distilling practice, however more fruit flavours become apparent; peach and apricot, almost yoghurt like, which is a bonus. They bring even more complexity and help the balance between oak and fruit. The texture is vicious due to non chill filtering and helps to cool the heat normally experienced from younger single malts. The spirit has a vitality – it’s dynamic, exciting and has loads of attitude, it’s ready to rock – so enjoy the ride!!!
The length of the finish is not so long, nor would you expect it to be; this is like a teenager, just full of the joys of life, without a care in the world, however the last note you find as you empty your glass, is the mellow sweetness of the oak, a clear sign that this kid has a very bright future, 'Be part of it'.
About the whisky
- Price: about £52.10
(∼ 61€, $79 or 523SEK)
- Age: 3 YO
- Alcohol: 46,1%
- Distillery: Mackmyra
- Region: Gästrikland
- Country: Sweden
- Official website
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