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+
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+
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-
‘Best Mackmyra to date, and the most whisky like’
N: Thankfully its back to its best after last years  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-
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