.mackmyra - bärnsten

Sweden. Not the country you first think of when talking whisky. This Bärnsten, the fifteenth release in the Moment series of Swedish Mackmyra, was released in a limited release of 1550 bottles. A recipe of smoked barley, matured in a combination on Bordeaux wine casks, Cloudberry wine casks and Swedish oak casks.

49.8% abv, €100
single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, clover honey, salted butter, a hint of bbq smoke, pipe tobacco, juniper berries
Palate: sweet, thick honey, creamy, salted butter, fruity, sweet berries, juniper berries, blackberries, blackcurrant, liquorice, a touch of smoke, spicy, a hint of cinnamon
Finish: spicy, juniper berries, laurel, tobacco leaves, a touch of mint
Mark: +++++ 

Conclusion: a very likeable Mackmyra. The rather strange, complex cask-composition has done something to the spirit during the seven years of maturation.

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