Well, let’s see who is an open minded whisky enthousiast and who is not.
A lot of people swear by Scotch and I have to say they do make some really good stuff, but it’s quiet similar to the beer industry. Big companies sometimes stick to what they know, what sells good and so on.
Mackmyra is a fairly young distillery, but they managed to create great quality, Single Malt and did this in a unique way. A Swedish way!
They blend small casks, under 200L, with larger cask which gives intense aroma’s for fairly young whisky. Often they season there own casks with typical Swedish products and creating in this way a flavor palette that’s rather different from other whiskies you will have tried before.
In my humble opinion this is a great, modern, durable distillery, with a nice story behind it, but with a great, unique approach on how to produce whisky that distiguishes itself from other brands.
With winter coming, I thought it was time to put this distillery in the spotlight with their heartwarming drams.
Prepare for 4 weeks of Swedish specials.
Week 1: MACKMYRA GRUVGULD (gold from the mine) Check out and order here
Hazelburn 13 Year Old Oloroso is the unpeated and triple distilled Springbank spirit aged in a mix of first-fill and refill sherry casks. They already had a 2003 version of this in 2017, this the 2004 vintage bottled in April 2018.
Only 9.000 bottles worldwide.
Casktype: Refill bourbon and oloroso sherry casks
A double distilled, heavily peated single malt from Springbank, Longrow was first created as an experiment to make a peated whisky in Campbeltown, but today it has become very popular, thanks to its brazen, muscular character.
This is an old release from the Longrow 18yo.
With a day delay, here we are with a special limited edition of Springbank Disitillery.
The Springbank distillery in Campbeltown has released Local Barley expressions before, but this one has been the first after a long time, being bottled in 2016.
This 16 Year Old Local Barley is the first in a series of five expressions to be released over five years. They have used barley grown at Low Machrimore Farm in Southend, which is just a few miles outside of Campbeltown. 9,000 bottles were produced.
As the real whisky enthousiasts will confim it is sold out way to quickly and a lot of the time by collectors. And I most say it is a shame that this whisky doesn’t get drunk enough.
So a great price, for a great whisky.
Well, maybe we’ll start something new? Maybe, we’ll see how this first month goes?
I decided to dedicate this month to Springbank Distillery, situated in Campbeltown.
Honestly, I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of Springbank whisky. Don’t really know why. My memories seem to tell me that I always found it still a bit to rough on the edges. Those were my early years, my first drams. Now it has become one of my favourites distilleries. If you ever get the chance it is really the distillery to visit.
Step back in time; it really is an open working museum; it even got real friendly people to tell you all about it. Great place but you have to put some effort in to get there.
But enough chitchat, lets get to the more important stuff.
SPRINGBANK DISTILLERY MONTH!
We’ll start this first week with a peated whisky that is no longer in production. Amazing to still have found this beauty and at this price.
It’s a NAS, but that doesn’t say anything about the excellent quality of this dram.
Really a shame that they don’t make this anymore. Just a few bottles available.