Mackmyra Stjärnrök

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso, Bourbon, Am. Oak, Swedish Oak
Number of bottles
46.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 sep 2021 1:43 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 59.69

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63 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Mackmyra Stjärnrök

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.33 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Our newest creation, Stjärnrök, soars into the sky from the depths of a Swedish mountain. Stjärnrök is made according to our handcrafted smoky recipes and matures to its true shape in a shelter of oloroso, ex-bourbon and American oak barrels in order to develop its body, its complexity and its gentle sweetness. Underground it developed its deep, dark red, ripe notes thanks to the Spanish oloroso and combined them with the native cloudberries from the surrounding ancient forests.

    Stjärnrök can only be experienced for a limited time.

    - Ex-Bourbon smoky recipe. 200 L
    - Fresh Oloroso, smoky recipe. 30 L
    - Rök and Extra Rök, American oak and ex-bourbon. 30 L
    - Smoke Tail, ex-bourbon. 100 L
    - Oloroso, new and 1st fill. 128 L
    - American oak, upstream elegant recipe. 128 L
    - Swedish oak barrel, saturated with cloudberry wine. 100 L
    - Ex-Bourbon, elegant recipe. 200 L

    Juniper smoke and oloroso, combined with tones of cloudberries, result in a persistently warming and complex whisky. Stjärnrök can be enjoyed alone, but also goes well with winter charcuterie with ripe figs, walnuts and strong hard cheese.Inspired by the magical Nordic sky, magic and unknown senses, the Stjärnrök saga takes you on its captivating journey from the Terra Firma to Vintergatan and back to earth, from familiar flavors to modern combinations, always respecting tradition. And so the phenomenon Stjärnrök was born, a whisky that was born of fascination, stardust, patience, crystal clear Nordic water and innovation
    • Nose
      Smoke, spice and peat with notes of juniper. Fruity, raisins, nuts, dried fruits, tones of toasted bread, vanilla fudge, tobacco leaves, sandalwood, cedarwood and ginger.
    • Taste
      Smoky, fruity and spicy with peat and juniper notes, together with minerals. Vanilla fudge, raisins, orange peel, dark chocolate and dried fruit aromas. There are also spicy notes of roasted oak barrels, sandalwood and cedarwood, anise, white pepper and ginger. A soft oak note and a slightly oily texture.
    • Finish
      Clear smoke in the aftertaste in symbiosis with exotic dried fruits.

  2. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Earth, wood, leather, rubber, hint of smoke. Gooseberries, chocolate covered oranges, spices, fennel, mustard seeds, bananas. Quite unusual, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. On one hand, it is very interesting. On the other, the flavours seem to fight each other. Water does help bring things together to a certain extent, though it still doesn't quite feel harmonious.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    With the mix of casks and unique kilning practice of using Swedish peat and juniper wood, they’ve created a nosing experience I’ve never had. It’s clean, refreshing, and addictive. Definitely a challenger to the whisky industry.

    [83-85] I'll get a bottle unless my bank account says otherwise.

    N 27
    Floral. Nut paste on toast. Botanical peat (vegetative, cedarwood, sandalwood). Jammy sultana. A whiff of smoke from miles away. Almost perfume-like, I can nose this all day. Nose this long enough and I'm getting a whiff of dark soy sauce.

    P 25
    Creamy, oily and fruity. Citrusy. Refreshing peat smoke brings out not just the fragrant pine wood again but also the underlying fruits and peppery spices. Some cinnamon and ginger root.

    F 24
    Mid finish. Burnt pineapple. Toasted oak. Botanical spices, juicy raisins, and a touch of smoke lingering.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I've never had the aroma, but somehow harmonious and unusual. Tastes like whisky, albeit different, maybe a bit Swedish. I like its independence.
    • Nose
      sweetish, herbal, cranberries, smoke, some burnt grass, dried ham, coniferous. Very exciting.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the note of coniferous wood and burnt green is very clear. Definitely oak, tart, but fine fruit sweetness.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite tart and dry. The grass, the smoke, coniferous wood, peculiar. The sweetness is there, less fruit, undefined. Then it gets long and very dry.

  5. Punktar scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, I can't do anything with this whisky. Strange smell of smoky cowshed that I don't even want to know where the smoke is coming from. Unbalanced in taste, the unpleasant smell turns into an unpleasant taste. My first Mackmyra, I probably won't open my other bottles.

  6. Dagobert scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. craide scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant and easy to drink malt with a good balance of smoke and fruit. Flavors complement each other well here and it seems round, although not very complex, which I didn't expect.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pleasant start on the nose, good balance between light, almost sweet smoke and fruity-sweet plums, figs, raisins. There are also cloves, some cinnamon and roasted nuts. Fruitiness is complemented with more time in the glass with oranges, apples and raspberries. In the background there are vanilla tobacco, caramel and woody aromas. Now and then very slightly alcoholic, although I would generally say that the alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full, rich and slightly tingling sharp attack with more smoke than in the nose. More of a classic smoke, not so sweet anymore. This is joined by more wood. Wood and smoke complement each other well, transitioning into a kind of BBQ. Oak spice with oranges, apricots and citrus fruits contrast well with the wood smoke. Pepper spices, subtle cloves, anise come through. Coffee develops in the background and tastes slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-length finish with creamy custard and sweet dried fruit. Smoke seems a little stronger again.

  8. praisethepasta scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    it’s got character and personality, the smoke always remains mild and connects with the other flavours.
    • Nose
      84 84
      vanilla at first, but it soon gets overrun by notes of decaying autumn leafs and wet cardboard. This may sound pretty unpleasant, but it works quite well. Overripe citrus, orchard fruit (with the apples becoming more prominent over time). A sensation of fresh green forest with juniper and pine trees. Give it some time and the oloroso casks wake up. Overall it becomes ‘warmer’ with notes of blackcurrant, those red ripe apples and some smoke. Nice and interesting development.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Far less sweetness going on, as the juniper smoked barley translates into a herbal – woody bitterness and smokiness claiming the spot in the footlights. Quite young and youthful too – by no means a bad thing per se, of course. The dry mouthfeel develops and becomes more oily, bringing in a leathery-tobacco like chewiness, and again there’s that combination of smoke and autumn leafs. The sweeter vanilla and orchard notes I picked up on the nose are there, but are being overpowered by the woodnotes. As on the nose, in a strange way, it all clicks together and it works rather well.
    • Finish
      81 81
      a mild peppery spiciness and that woody-oaky bitterness which transform into a long, lingering smokiness.

  9. SherryPeathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Regalian scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Thoroughly enjoyed this - a small amount of water and a decent time left to open up and it's a well balanced smoky peaty whisky where the peat doesn't dominate but it's deliciously smooth and drinkable. I'd rather sip this in the summer than the winter. Having had a sample I have now bought a bottle - happy to have this.

  11. Kaydouble scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: Nice peat smoke, you think you're sitting around a campfire, the more time you give it out in the air, the more it opens up and you can smell raisins, tobacco and light floral notes.

    Palate: Pleasant peat smoke here again, followed by herbal notes, then oak can be tasted, followed by sweet citrus.

    Finish: Medium length with ashy peat notes and dried fruit.

    Conclusion: This is the first peaty Mackmyra that I have tasted so far, I like it as a winter dram. I think the 46.1% was chosen appropriately. For €55 you can treat yourself to a bottle for the cold season.

  12. TheRidgeBack scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Pleasant spicy dram, with a light honey sweetness and a little salty finish. Not more but also not less.
    • Nose
      herbs, juniper
      Slight sweetness
      whiff of smoke
    • Taste
      Flavor builds up
      wood oak
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery seasoning
      Salty maritime

  13. KyleRamsay scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, dried fruits, botanicals, some smoke.

      Nice and pleasant on the nose.
    • Taste
      Alcohol definitely noticeable, its a bit sharp but still decently integrated.

      Honey, oak, peppery, lots of berries, botanicals, maybe some licorice.
    • Finish
      Very fruity and lively in the finish, more licorice, woody, berries, botanicals.

  14. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Lots to like here.
    • Nose
      Baked pastries with charred oak, ashes and herbal smoke. There are also notes of sultanas, quince jelly and raspberries, followed a faint touch of walnut skins and sweet chestnuts, as well as birch sap.
    • Taste
      Liquorice root with salmiak powder and wood smoke, accompanied by sandalwood, charred oak and a touch of ginger and sultanas. Some cloves and orange peel as well, with just a pinch of pepper.
    • Finish
      Lingering herbs and spicy oak. Medium to long.

  15. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    So far there have only been a handful of different Mackmyra that I had in the glass, but every single one of the very different bottlings had that special spicy (heather) herb note, just like the Stjärnrök now has. If you like them, you are in good hands here. Together with the fruit flavors that are not too intense, this results in a very harmonious and tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A fruity-spicy nose, which I just had to check again to see whether, as is often the case with Mackmyra, an unusual barrel treatment contributed to the maturation. And there is one thing: Swedish oak barrel, saturated with cloudberry wine. It may come from this, that note of wine gum and raspberry chewing gum that haunted my head (in my nose). A (heather) herbal smoke note, juniper, bay leaves, spicy cheroot leaves.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mild and slightly dry start with much more "classic" aromas than on the nose. The spicy, herbal smoky note could also be confused with dry wood. Raspberry drops, strawberry jam, vanilla ice cream with hot fruits, a nice flavor of juniper berries, bay leaves, cloves and freshly grated ginger.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the medium-long finish, the smoky note returns, the heather and juniper berries are still there. The fruits that look so sweet on the nose are just a memory.

  17. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweetness, vanilla, smoke, nuts, some raisin, dark chocolate, some tobacco
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mild, sweet, vanilla, peat smoke, dark chocolate, oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweetness, smoke, warming, mild, oak, quite long

  18. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Mackmyra Stjärnrök, 46.1% alc. Original bottling. Maturation: sherry barrels (Oloroso), bourbon barrels, new American oak barrels. Type: single malt whisky

    Nose: Balanced between slightly smoky and strongly fruity. I find dates and raisins, cloves and walnuts straight away. The smoke tries to fight against the sweetness and is pleasantly spicy, the fruity aromas remain present all the time. This is followed by orange peel, ginger, caramel candies and cedar wood, fruity-flavored pipe tobacco and a little oak wood.

    Palate: The smoke becomes stronger and literally imposes itself as if it had been waiting for it all along. The orange peel and the cloves come up again, with sultanas and lightly salted peanuts, a little coffee. The whisky is clearly spicier than on the nose, a lot of pepper and ginger, a slightly tingling spiciness.

    Finish: Medium-long and creamy, here dried fruits and smoke are more balanced again, the spices hold back.

    Conclusion: A beautifully made and really exciting Mackmyra with plenty of room for discovery. Definitely a recommendation for connoisseurs of more complex malts. 85/100 points (2021)


  19. 2ndSip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tip in advance: give the malt enough time to draw air; it develops more aromas as a result.
    emphatically spicy on the nose with a fruity touch; but in general there is a lot to discover and the complexity promises an interesting malt.
    In the taste with exotic, herbal and spicy notes with a tendency to tart or bitter aromas. Unfortunately, it fades very quickly.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      86 86
      initially I have a spicy sweetness in the nose: anise, clove, sandalwood, cedarwood are superficially to be found with me; also has something of Christmas spices.
      Toasted bread slices with floral notes and a little heather round off the emphatically spicy aroma.
      On the fruity side I would be with red apples, juicy oranges and plums.
      With enough time and air, a walnut / hazelnut aroma appears, but this remains more in the background.
      The smoke aroma, which some call, goes in the direction of charred (sandal / cedar) wood with heather (reminds a little of Highland Park) and is rather subtle.
    • Taste
      83 83
      especially soft in the mouth, then a good pinch of ginger heat / black pepper comes into its own.
      A bitter note forms and for me it brings dark chocolate with a high cocoa content.
      It becomes drier and surprises with spices on the palate, which for me already drift slightly into a bitterness.
      In some of them I read something about juniper, which makes me swing in that direction, albeit with a strange finish that is difficult to describe - I don't like it that much.
      Second sip: now the juniper notes appear stronger, overall more spices are present on the tongue.
      Sandalwood and cedarwood are also noticeable, but for me they push the malt too much into the bitter note, which degenerates into bitterness.
    • Finish
      81 81
      For me, the aftertaste somehow has a gin note with all the herbs and spices. Unfortunately, he somehow left quickly.
      Is getting drier in the mouth and the bitter notes predominate in me - can also be daily form; I have to retest it.
      Oak tannins stick to the tongue. I don't have any smoke ...

  20. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A complex whisky with a lovely balance of sweetness, fruit and smoke. The sweet and aromatic taste of the cloudberry wine comes through very nicely and offers a good counterpoint to the smoky notes and spicy tones of the oak casks used. A lovely winter warmer.

    I thank Mackmyra Swedish Whisky GmbH for the complimentary sample.

    • Nose
      Smoky notes with sweet vanilla cream, fruity sultanas and yellow dried fruits, mainly apricots. In addition honey as well as spicy flavours of sandalwood, juniper and a whiff of tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      Smoky and fruity with apricots and sultanas, plus creamy vanilla. Spicy and warming with herbs, cloves, some pepper, oak and orange peel. In addition, slightly mineral notes with juniper and a touch of ginger.
    • Finish
      The finish lasts long with dried fruit, a little clove, tobacco leaves, ash and clear smoke.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water fresher on the nose with orange blossom, citrus and vanilla. Also smoky notes, honey, a hint of pepper and ginger. Sweet, creamy and fruity on the palate with dried yellow fruits and vanilla. Warming and spicy notes of pepper, oak, ginger and a hint of tobacco leaves. The finish is still long with smoke, nuts, burnt caramel and dried fruit.


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