Mackmyra Brukswhisky

Overall rating
78.73/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB39643
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Second Edition
Bottled
2012
Casktype
Ex-American Oak casks and Sherry casks
Strength
41.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
"Brukswhisky" / Drawn Bottle (Version I)
Barcode
7350029669041
Added on
24 jan 2013 7:22 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 45.39

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Whisky reviews for Mackmyra Brukswhisky

22 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.73 points.

  1. Matt80 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cereal, white wine, a slight mouldy note, Viks vaporub, menthol notes

      With water - less menthol and the mouldy note dissipates. The white wine notes are still present though.
    • Taste
      Lots of wood spice, bitter, astringent and tastes very young like new make spirit. Some salt

      With water - less bitter, a mild cereal sweetness develops
    • Finish
      Medium/long, wood spice, very bitter

      With water - much more pleasant, less bitter and the wood spice has a better balance.

  2. jkswift scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. Martin1965 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus, pear, barley malt
    • Taste
      light caramel, anise, spices, oak
    • Finish
      Short and fresh

      Nothing special Fruity and Spicy. There are far better Mackmyras

  4. Blindbob scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nose: New spirit. Sherry. Cinnamon apples. Soft fruit. A hint of smoke.

    Taste: Not much. Some smoke and dry oak wood.

    Finish: Short. Light with a faint sour taste. a bit oily.

    Conclusion. Not a bad sipping whisky. It doesn't benefit from a drop of water. I quite liked it and would probably buy another bottle.

  5. SimpleSample scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Bright fruits ... slightly malty ... fresh (possibly menthol or in the anise direction). A pleasant sweetness lies above everything.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweet with a little spice .... maybe there is something toasted (sesame maybe).
      Now you can taste the young age.
      But everything in the frame
    • Finish
      81 81
      Means with a nice mild

  6. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Mackmyra Brukswhisky @41.4%

    So gentle and SO easy to drink. I feel like the banana is part of the distillery character and I love it. Very excellent foundational malt.
    • Nose
      Sweet and spicy, with sharp pepper, spicy Mexican chocolate, and bourbon vanilla. After a bit of time, quite strong apple juice and INTENSE strawberry-banana smoothie dominates. Fascinating!
    • Taste
      A bit anemic. A bit hot and spirity. But again, sweet and pleasantly spicy, with pepper and a mint overtone.
    • Finish
      Oak, pepper, and heat. As if a grain spirit. But then developing into a hot banana flambé!

  7. valery77 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose looks like a highlander like Aberfeldy. Easy, you can even say that it's vague. Slightly spirituous. Lollipops, water with sugar. Vanilla notes. Dust on books. Notch ascorbic. 20
    • Taste
      Easy-going. Plain. Moderately sweet. Bourbon motifs. Here, alcoholism is felt stronger. 18
    • Finish
      The average length, after an inarticulate taste, is surprisingly pleasant, warming, although also simple. With time, smoke begins to appear. 20
      In principle, nothing bad to say about him can not be - no unpleasant off-line, it's easy and pleasant to drink. But simple and light-weight. Balance 20.
      Total 78.

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very light and delicate, with wood and a little caramel. I perceive fruits, but I struggle to identify them. The aromas are not very pronounced, the finesse is required. But surprise, with time, these scents fade little by little. On the palate, thin but muscular, with fruit a little more supported (cherry?). A bit stiff when swallowing. With water, the nose is not very active. I detect a strange egg flavor. (Fresh egg is heard) In the mouth, we go from a fine texture to creamier, but the whole is quite bland. The finish, spicy, still burns even with water. According to sources, I read First Fill Bourbon or Refill Bourbon (I look for Refill saw the weakness of aromas!) Followed by Sherry Oak (where that?) And Swedish Oak (ah good). They had to make a misspelling in the name, it's rather Brusk Whisky! Enthusiasm 2/5

  9. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    28-04-2017
    • Nose
      72 72
      citric fruits
    • Taste
      72 72
      fruits, pepper, oak
    • Finish
      71 71
      medium, a little young but good for a pre-dinner drink

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/bottle-polishing-three-3s-part-1-3/

    A batch from 2013.

    N: Fruity [wheat/corn-like] cereal bar whisky with a putty=clay-like copper edge, a touch of ‘lemon-fresh’ washing detergent and a hazy pong gathering overhead. The pine needles, pears & pineapples are far lower in the mix compared to even earlier batches.
    T: With quite a youthful zing at 41.4%. we’ve a sour corn-like opening with a dryish fruit-tannic barley-cream waxy-corn/soft bourbon development. Edgy but fairly likeable with water fluffing up the whole presentation. Distillate faithful, the [bourbon] casks add character whilst playing the supportive role.
    F: Short with some sourness, water brings curry aromatic spice notes. Lemon detergent lingers with an underlying sour vegetal lactose decay note.
    C: I’m very font of these early batches. Despite a few wavering batches thereafter I find them competent and characterful.Scores a C[+]

  11. holborndrinker scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The influence of the bourbon comes through, but a slightly chemical taste soon takes over.  Not a personal favorite.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. larswehmeier scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Banana! Lots of banana. And then citrus - fresh and sweet. But also light oak, almost a bit like a bourbon.
    • Taste
      Fresh and fruity. The banana is also back, but more reduced than in the nose. A very light spice. In total, however, very mild and smooth. For my taste almost a bit thin.
    • Finish
      Short. It remains fruitiness.

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/harveys-brewery-presents-mackmyra/

    Made from first-fill bourbon casks. Age around 6.5 years.

    N: Bready/husky with a touch of honeyed white wine. Less pears & pineapples than in previous batches though more ripe apple developing along with vanilla citrus. Also of note is a light waxy=oily=fattiness.
    T: Dry mashy & honeyed>sugary style, the spirit well softened by the casks. Reminds me of Benromach 10 somewhat though the aforementioned Speysider has a definitive edge over this Bruks on detail and prominence.
    F: Short, clean, soft.
    C: A good batch though i personally prefer the pear drop & pine needle batches.Scores a C

  14. ctu scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Nice swedish single malt with correct price / value ratio.
    • Nose
      Tutti-frutti, musty basement, unripe banana, pear,
      jasmine green tea and citruses
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy. Vanilla, oak, coconut, pear compot,
      plum and cinnamon
    • Finish
      Medium length, with waxy apple peel

  15. Conmai scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      74 74

  16. Helgo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  17. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Could also go through as a Scot, very easy-going and quite einsteigertauglich, for ~ 37 € no bargain, but also not massively exotics-overpriced.
    • Nose
      mild, down to earth, honey, vanilla, cereals, a slightly fruity note (sweet pear, banana), a touch of white pepper
    • Taste
      Vanilla, creme brulee, cereals, then lime bitterness, pepper
    • Finish
      medium length, lime, pepper, oak

  18. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A young but very interesting whisky. Gouted blind and pleasantly surprised. (very bad memory with Mackmyra ...)
    • Nose
      Fresh and little powerful, very round. On citrus fruits, white fruits and fresh grass ...
    • Taste
      Alcohol little powerful and / or well integrated. Gourmand chocolate, wood, spices and there is this side herbaceous / bitterness which remains pleasant.
    • Finish
      Nice length on spices and wood ....

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    2013[1]

    'Something Special'

    N: boom, pear drops and bananas. Theres a new spirit nose here, perfumed for sure with fresh green woodiness. Pear/peach/apples, whatever - its clear, its young. Its 41.1% without caramel? Theres toffee, banoffee pie ;]
    T: Hmm, new spirit and sweet - pear, coconut and bananas big time. The wood may be trying its hardest but it can't get away from its salad days. Theres a choc-ice vibe with water.
    F: Fresh citrus. Banana sweets - those waxy plastic ones, but with some quality spirit there too. Theres a freshness here and despite its youth, a maturity
    C: Its not Scottish, although reminiscent of the nose of the Caol Ila 25yo for the pineapples and Lagavulin new spirit for the floral notes. This whisky is new, unique and i really like it. Its still young but theres something special going on here.Scores a B+

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    2013[2]

    N: As id remembered it, new spirit softened with pear drops, some spiced fruits and some sharp new wood to offer a vibrant nose. Banana malt loaf coming through after warming up. Theres a soapy note too.  Its all very vibrant, fresh with an impressive clarity/honesty.

    T: Unique pastry/biscuit arrival, a very special arrival to, like it folds itself over your tongue in layers [like a chocolate bar advert] , almost synthetic plasticy chewable mouthful, with some exuberant sour wood spices. Lots of floral/fruity notes floating around - undefined.

    F: Medium finish, sweetening with cherries, pear drops and sour woody herbal calvados edge. Theres also a rugged woody forest vibe here with a lingering lime/herbal jelly with a sponge base on the finish.

    C: Its so different from other whiskies.  In a blind test, this may be called a schnapps or a gin. The bottle has lived up to the sample.  Its a taste that i will want to revisit from time to time, its special in its own right. Definitely on my 100 whiskies to try before you die list.

    Scores a B+

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    2014

    N: Familiar soft fruit and floral nose.
    T: Stringent, bitter fresh green wood arrival with [puncture repair kit] chalk. Not the greatest drying bitter green development….
    F: …which fortunately softens becoming sweeter with the caramel and banana notes heralding the familiar Bruks from the nose

    C: I was invited to try the latest batch [June 2014] of Bruks because id been told that the taste profile had changed dramtically. It has and not in a good way. The nose and finish are ok but whats happened to the taste? I couldn’t finish this dram

    Scores a C-

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    2015

    ‘Best Mackmyra to date, and the most whisky like’

    N: Thankfully its back to its best after last years [2014] terrible batch. Pine resin, pineapples, banana candy, light honeyed varnish, candy cigarettes and jasmine rice form the profile. The charm here is the balance between sweet and savoury with perfectly fitting oak maturation for such a light but youthful whisky. The prevailing years inevitably bring older whisky into play for this relatively young distillery, and this NAS certainly smells [and tastes] a few years maturer than earlier batches.

    T: Sour>sweet with pine needles, ferns and botanical heathers playing alongside liquorice wood, vanillas and wood resin. Gets better and better. Adding a little water brings out the softer and grainy barley notes.

    F: Waxy bourbon vanillas soften the green sour pine notes for a savoury=sweet conclusion. Heathery vanillas conclude after ‘Mini Milks’ make a firm appearance.

    C: Those with a sweet tooth may struggle with this and those looking for complexity may want to go elsewhere. For me, this Bruks is a near faultless batch and a very fine example of a superbly crafted and well priced NAS malt in todays hyped market. This could be a great whisky introduction for gin lovers btw - tried and tested. Best Mackmyra to date and the most ‘whisky like’. Earlier batches tasted positively Schnapps like.

    Scores an A-

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    2016

    N: it's been a few years since I tried this, mainly after a few disappointing batches in 2015. It's also a few years since I bought this particular bottle, a batch from 2013, so a batch in the golden spot where demand (awareness) was low and quality was crucial. Not as fruity as I remember but with a little more caramel and set honey instead. It comes in mainly with a dry mash (rather Irish), (sour) citrus [lemons and limes] and soft, sweet, acetone-candy if there was ever such a thing. The first batch I had [which I found it be excellent enough to buy two more bottles], was oozing with pineapples and had plenty of pine needles. This is more on dried grasses, and those pineapple and banana pear notes have been replaced by papaya and ripe peach as well as light floral - dried flowers. Pleasant indeed. 2 months later, the above remains true with more of a [bourbon cask] fudgy-malty sweetness to the candy=citrus, paper-mache, ozone=forest presentation. It's good I tells ya ya! 

    T: lots of wort notes, light fruit wort - young[ish] and distillate led but this doesn't speak of immaturity,.. nor cynicism, there's good cask age here - less than ten but I'm betting it's not far off. It's drying again and a little sharp before becoming peppery [first month only] but not before more (white) candy notes and pear drops. Gets a tad green in the middle - rather pot still (Irish) again but once it's opened up [2 months] the pepper and green notes change to a more mature and consolidated waxy cardboard maltiness, a desirable bone-dryness, waxy, grassy=grain development with dry candy fruits [a kind of a strange youthful rancio in early stages?]. Form wise there's a big 'kink' in the middle but full service is resumed thereafter.

    F: Dryish-green finish, later becoming more salivating with more floral dried peach, (green) banana candy, papaya, soft pepper and,... and,... and gone. Remnants are green-ish, young, sweet>bitter barley spirit. Months later, it's the mouthfeel that makes the biggest impact - barley, fruity, savoury=[honey] sweet candlewax, an oxymoron I know, but there it is - that's whisky for you. Oh and the finish is less 'and gone' and far more lingering like burning embers.

    C: Really rather good, idiosyncratic and clearly recognisable as Mackmyra. Better than later batches I've had but not quite in advance of the first batch I tried in 2013. Importantly though, Mackmyra make excellent spirit with an individual character. Maybe their distillate is rather more cask dependant than bigger and more established distilleries with more scale and numbers to play with - I'm thinking aloud.... I think the key here is time. With proper age, a vintage 15yo Bruks whisky would be a beautiful thing. This NAS isnt super young [who actually knows?] and is very good indeed, showing form throughout, complexity=depth, quality, provenance [certainly] and mouthfeel. I'm a fan for many years now, and the Bruks remains the best of their output.

    Scores a B[-] 86

  20. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  21. hartist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A strong character that sets him apart from his Scottish or other competitors.
    • Nose
      Light and not really complex but fresh and pleasant even if it is a little young. White fruits, citrus, vanilla, vegetal and floral aromas, malty scents (hot brioche).
    • Taste
      Medium body, soft texture; better than expected. Notes of fairly strong spices (ginger), white fruits, citrus, brioche fat, and nice bittersweet vegetal notes that give it all its character (berries?).
    • Finish
      Long enough finish on beautiful spices.

  22. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  23. Helgo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  24. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  25. granella2003 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, delicate fruit aromas with vanilla pods. Raspberry bushes, citrus
    • Taste
      Vanilla cream, custard even and more fruit. Red berries, boiled sweets and rich,
      warming bourbon
    • Finish
      Spicy
      oak and apple pie whilst remaining light and nimble.

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