The mainstay of the Mackmyra core range, Brukswhisky is the distillery’s bottling that I tend to see the most across the bar selves and stores here in the UK. This is possibly because it’s one of the Mackmyra's earlier releases, launching in Sweden in 2010 and finding its way over to the UK two years later. But also, likely down to its accessible price point. The two year delay in Brukswhisky reaching out beyond Sweden has as much to do with demand as it does with supply – for the first few years the Swedes were buying up all the available stock for themselves. Fast-forward to 2019 and Mackmyra are starting to realise that the international market is a lucrative place to operate in – Brukswhisky can be found far and wide.
The expression is composed of a marriage of four different cask types - unpeated 1st fill ex-bourbon, 1st fill Swedish oak, 1st fill ex-sherry casks and peated 1st fill ex-bourbon. A rather typically Mackmyra complicated medley of precursor liquids and cask sizes. The bottle is delivered at 41.4% ABV and can be picked up for £35.25 from Whisky Exchange.
Nose: Fruit forward with sugar-coated green apples and orchard pears. Malt loaf and yeasty bread support, alongside Peruvian chilli chocolate, vanilla pods and honey. In the background, dusty furniture, clay, copper coins and Lemon Pledge with a hint of pine. Reduction adds a savoury aspect with oatcakes and crackers as well as emphasising the peaty constituent of the blend with light mineral smoke.
Taste: A sharp and tangy arrival with sweet and sour fruits. Apple, pear and lemons sitting with barley and porridge oats, crème brulee, desiccated coconut and vanilla. The development introduces an increasing amount of oakiness – young, sappy, somewhat drying and with an growing peppery tang. The addition of water results in toffee flavours, together with rolled pastry and light minty herbalness.
Finish: Short to medium. Both lemons and limes are joined by fading pepperiness and toasted pine needles.
Brukswhisky is a solid, easy-going ex-bourbon focussed expression. Mackmyra’s apple/pear + spicy character speaks loudly throughout, and whilst things remain simple, nothing is either overdone or undercooked. Well-priced for the quality on offer and a good introduction point to Swedish whisky.