I think this is the mulled wine jobbie, yep. I try [with futility] to keep up with all the casks involved: 100-120 litres. PX, virgin and first-fill US oak, first & second-fill ex-bourbon, wine casks,…… all sorts. From Mackmyra’s website ‘Mackmyra Vinterglöd (winter glow) is an elegant Swedish single malt whisky distilled at Mackmyra Bruk. This whisky is inspired by the Swedish winter tradition of drinking mulled wine during the colder months of the year‘.
N: Not dissimilar to the Whisky Circus cask, this is perfumed new make-y/genever/gin-like with a lemony-icing ginger profile,… moving later to cider vinegar,… ohh so much vinegar – so sherry then – and some other weird berry juice, no doubt the mulled wine now talking. Despite promising myself I wouldn’t make lists tonight,…. there’s French white butter, more mint sauce [the vinegar note kicking in again], pickle Caramel to Vitam R, gravy to roast dinners, veggie sausages, oiled leather, a touch of methylated spirits,…[gentle] pine needle mash,… The complexity here, on the nose, is extraordinary.
T: Likened to Teeling Amburana [using Brazilian cachaca wood – Stephen], we’ve more ginger and lemon cake, delicious entertaining prickles,…. glimpses of Nc’nean,..
F: A slight waxy greasiness, fruitiness remains – yet now decidedly sour into putty < mash [hummus-smooth] – all very light. Light melon fruity caramel-y white oaky peppery beer at the death with some pine needles.
C: After hearing how much engineering has gone into this one, I was doubtful. However, the outcome is favourable. This was the most unexpected surprise of the night, and the one that had my vote as a result. If I can find a bottle for £50, I’ll buy one.