“Why are there no whisky distilleries Sweden?” one of the friends asked. None of the others could answer the question, leaving it floating in the air. Sweden has no tradition of making whisky. The Mackmyra founders thought that was weird when they began to explore whether it was possible to create a Swedish single malt whisky - everywhere they turned, they saw opportunities.
"In Sweden, we find one of the world’s purest water, filtered to perfection since the Ice Age. It is no coincidence that the distillery is located next to a boulder with constant access to the crystal clear waters. Our Swedish barley develops a special sweetness during the long summer days, a sweetness that has become one of the cornerstones of our whisky."
"A large part of our whisky is stored in new Swedish oak. The Swedish oak grows slowly in our harsh climate and gives the whisky a harsher flavour than American oak. The whisky gets a fiery spice balanced by sweetness similar to caramelised sugar."
"Today we produce whisky with the same joy of discovery and experimentation as we did when starting in 1999, but in one of the world’s most modern distilleries. We do it according to the rules of art, but we do it our way and with Swedish ingredients. To produce whisky without additives and with as little environmental impact as possible is for us a matter of course."
At The Summerton Club, we were overjoyed to discover Mackmyra, and feature one of the Single Malts as our October Bottle of the Month - to be enjoyed by our members. Mackmyra Month has been spent exploring the finer details of this magnificent company, and in this post we take a look at the making of their distillery.
1998 The idea of a Swedish malt whisky is born.
1999 The first drops are distilled.
2000 The first 30 litre barrel is created.
2001 The Mackmyra recipes, Elegant and Smoke, are stated.
2002 Mackmyra Reserve is launched – it becomes possible to buy a custom barrel.
2003 A new warehouse on Fjäderholmarna in the Stockholm archipelago opens.
2004 Bodås Mine becomes Mackmyras main warehouse.
2006 A new warehouse at Häckeberga Castle in Skåne opens.
2007 A new warehouse on the west coast of Smögen opens.
2008 The first regular whisky “The First Edition” is launched
2009 The construction of Mackmyra Whisky Village in Gävle starts.
2010 Opening of the Mackmyra Whisky Village.
2011 Gravity distillery opens in Mackmyra Whisky Village.
2012 We were appointed the European Spirits Producer of the Year by the IWSC.
2013 We launched our first smoky whisky, Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke).
2013 Opens an affiliate in Germany
2015 We were appointed the World Distiller of The Year as Wizards of Whisky
2016 Launching Mack by Mackmyra
2017 Mackmyra starts making gin at LAB Distillery
2017 Opens an affiliate in UK
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