Mackmyra Jaktlycka

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Twice a year, Mackmyra release a limited edition, seasonally-inspired whisky which is influenced by the distillery’s surroundings in Sweden. This year’s autumnal release is Jaktlycka, meaning ‘Happy Hunting’ in Swedish, which is primarily matured in lingonberry (similar to cranberry) and blueberry wine from the Grythyttan winery.

Angela D’Orazio, Master Blender Mackmyra, said: “Jaktlycka is a warm and soft whisky filled with treasures from the forests. The notes of berries, together with the wonderful spicy contribution from Swedish oak, generate a fantastic flavour that embodies the Swedish forest and autumn. The result is a creamy and berrylike whisky with a softly embedded spiciness and notes of dried fruit, vanilla and raisins. It will make a classic companion to milk chocolate desserts.”

Jaktlycka follows on from Gönte Te earlier in the year, a whisky which was finished in Japanese green tea saturated ex-oloroso sherry casks. I did enjoy that dram, even if the green tea influence was *very* restrained, so let’s see how the Mackmyra spirit gets on in combination with berry wine casks.

Mackmyra Jaktlycka
Matured in Grythyttan Swedish berry wine casks
46.1% ABV
£59.90 here

Nose: A light, clean start with white pepper, lemon and lime, a sweet grassiness, and a green leafy note. Meadowsweet and honeydew flowers too. Then vanilla essence, apple core and pear skins.

Palate: Lots of apricot, ripe melon, and fruit salad sweets, with candied ginger and pineapple. Brambles, blackcurrant cordial, and red grape chews underneath, with a nutmeg spice.

Finish: Returns to the ‘green-ness’ of the nose, with apple and pear skins, a hint of dried fruit, and some lingering oaky spices.

Overall: A really fruity little number from Mackmyra! The berry wine casks are a little absent on the nose but come through on the palate and provide a lovely dark, juicy fruit element, which adds good balance and depth to the whisky. It’s alarmingly easy drinking, and coupled with a fairly friendly price point, means a bottle won’t last you too long. Delicious stuff.





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