Mackmyra Special 8 Sauternes Cask (70cl, 46.0%)

Swedish whisky

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I poured the whisky into a Copita nosing glass, added a three quarter teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a very light golden colour, leaving light legs flowing down the inside of the glass.
As can be imagined the nose is initially very intense with notes of citrus and honey coming forward.

This is followed by very pronounced notes of bananas, apricots and mangos. A perfumed floral elegance then builds steadily. The flavour is initially quite soft and sweet with hints of lemon and as the whisky develops on the palate a spirity kick with a slight herbal acidity then appears. There is a lot going on here and the whisky becomes quite complex
The finish is quite long with seville oranges and sauternes notes, drying with a touch of honey then a crisp ending

This release uses a mix of bourbon casks, sherry casks , casks made of new Swedish and American oak and finished on French Sauternes cask. The  addition of water accentuated the flavour of the whisky

This is a very complex, light whisky which would probably gain  by being left to mature for a longer period.

Allt-á-Bhainne 11 Year Old 2000 – Provenance (Douglas Laing) (70cl, 46.0%)

Speyside

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I think it is safe to say that Allt-á-Bhainne is probably one of the least known Speysiders around. The distillery is located near Dufftown in the Speyside region. It was built in 1965 to supply the blended whiskys of the Chivas Brothers who in turn were sold to the Pernod Ricard Company in 1981. Almost all of the production goes for blending for brands such as 100 Pipers and Chivas Regal. There is no visitor centre which also adds to the under the radar feeling!!! There is no official bottling but a few independent bottlings are around from such as Gordon and MacPhail, Cadenheads, Murray MacDavid and of course the Douglas Laing Provenance range but often you really have to seek this one out

This particular offering, an 11 year old Allt-á-Bhainne distilled in the Summer of 2000 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling for the Provenance range in Winter 2011 came from a shop on Deeside in Scotland inclusive of a heavy layer of dust on the box!!!

But now to the whisky .

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I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes.Incidently this is a whisky that water should be added to, to gain the full experience of this subtle whisky.

The whisky pours a  honeyed golden colour, leaving long legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite aromatic with notes of honey and digestive biscuits  coming forward. This is followed by a little cedar wood, a touch of vanilla and perhaps more honey and cumin spice.

A really warm  and floral opening to the whisky.

The flavour is initially quite slow and soft with hints of honey , barley grist, hazelnuts and a touch  of milk chocolate but as the whisky develops on the palate the honey and barley gain momentum.  This is followed by notes of biscuit, a little ginger spice but honey and milk chocolate predominate here.

The taste finished with a ribbon of ginger snap and a faint wisp of smoke running through.

The finish is long and warming with notes of oak and sherry.

This whisky is absolutly wonderful, soft but not at the expense of flavour . It actually feels as though you are  drinking liquid Toblerone, it has that same honeyed chocolate luxurious feeling !!!!

Exceedingly well balanced and well made and most highly recommended for those who enjoy Speyside whisky

Cheers!!

 

Mackmyra Special 6 Summer Meadow (70cl, 46.8%)

Swedish whisky

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I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a half teaspoon of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a very light golden colour, leaving quite strong legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite floral with notes of citrus malt and spirit coming forward. This is followed by vanilla a little cracked pepper then back to citrus and as the aroma develops becomes quite intense and spirity.

The flavour is initially quite soft with hints of caramel but as the whisky develops on the palate this becomes more pronounced. Dried fruit flavours teamed with toffee, citrus, vanilla  and a slight touch of mint  build and build.There is a lot going on here and the whisky in its self is quite well balanced.

The finish is quite long with citrus and vanilla notes, drying, then back to caramel

This release uses both bourbon and sherry casks and the add the addition of water neither added to, or detracted from the flavour of the whisky

This is a good well made, if basic whisky which would probably gain by being left to mature for longer.

Mackmyra – 5yo Private cask (61%)

Swedish whisky

Mackmyra’s history started in 1998 at a Swedish winter resort, where eight friends from the Royal Institute of Technology met up for a ski trip. Noticing all of them had brought along a bottle of malt whisky for the host, a conversation started about the manufacturing of a Swedish whisky. The following year a company was founded, and after years of experimenting with 170 different recipes, they finally settled on two recipes in 2002.That same year a new distillery was built in the old mill and power station at Mackmyra, which went on stream in October. The first limited edition single malt whisky, Preludium 01, launched in February 2006 and sold-out in less than 20 minutes.

Mackmyra has two active distilleries. The first went on stream at Mackmyra in 2002, featuring a full-sized pot still from Forsyth’s in Rothes, Scotland. Swedish stainless steel washbacks and a German mash tun, with a production capacity of 600,000 bottles a year.

A second distillery, about 6 miles east of Mackmyra village, was built and went on stream in 2011. The project cost has been estimated at SEK 50 million, featuring two full-sized pot stills with a production capacity of 1,8 M bottles a year. It’s seven stories high, using gravity to power many internal processes within the distillery, resulting in about 45% less energy use compared to the first distillery.

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I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, added a teardrop of water and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes. The whisky pours a light golden colour, leaving long legs flowing down the inside of the glass.

The nose is initially quite floral with notes of caramel honey and grass coming forward. This is followed by more mineral tones and as the aroma develops hits of elderflower and red fruit come through initially softly but this becomes more prominent through the development. At the very finish there are waves of white stone fruit and pear. A really fresh and floral opening to the whisky.

The flavour is initially quite soft with hints of honey but as the whisky develops on the palate this becomes more pronounced. Floral flavours teamed with barley grist  and caramel  build and build. There is a lot going on in this very well balanced whisky. The taste finished with a ribbon of honey running through the dominating biscuit and floral flavours.

Excellent whisky and without doubt the best I have tasted from Macmyra

Fierce beer – Night Shift (6.5%)

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Another month and another release from the amazing Fierce beer brewery in Dyce.

As the nights draw in and the weather changes I find myself moving from lighter beers to something a little darker. Happy Fierce have provided, with a darker take on the 5% pale ale…called day shift.

This black IPA also sports probably the most outlandish label I’ve seen on a beer bottle. I don’t think I remember seeing a vulture in a gimp mask on any bottle of beer or to that end anything I’ve purchased before!

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The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with an almost mahogany hue around the edges. The head is beige and remains on the beer long after pouring.

The nose is full of citrus pine, soft roasted malt aromas and this followed by notes of roasted pineapple. As the nose develops notes of fresh herb and dark chocolate come through but this is all bound together by an overarching citrus hop aroma.

The flavour is initially very smooth almost like a stout but as it develops a huge punch of resinous, bitter hop flavour comes through. Notes of roast malt and chocolate come through the middle of the taste. The finish is long lasting, with that huge resinous and bitter citrus flavours which dominate throughout.

This is a gorgeous beer which fits the season very well. It’s available from Thursday so please go get some!!