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Mackmyra Svensk Rök

Overall rating 147 votes 81.74

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395 × in collection

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Taste
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Finish
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Balance
1

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Nose 20
Taste 20
Finish 20
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Tastingtags

39 Notes

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
02 Oct 2016 9:55 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 81 points

Swedish Smoke

Svensk Rök, which simply means Swedish smoke, is the only peated single malt available that was produced from only Swedish ingredients. It matured on very small casks of 30 liters. The staves are from American oak, while the heads are in fact from Swedish oak. It is only available in 50cl bottles because the Swedish government (who owns the right to sell alcohol) issued a tender for peaty whisky in small bottles. Mackmyra was awarded the assignment to produce it.

The nose is firstly sweet on vanilla and caramel, before the smoke kicks in. The smoke is very discrete, I must say. The fruit translates into apples, oranges, some banana and a surprising touch of juniper berries. Yes, sniffing this with my eyes closed, it reminds me a bit of gin, but with a twist. After a few moments, some sultanas join in.

Lightly oily and immediately pretty spicy. Think aniseed, garden herbs and a hint of woodspice. The smokiness develops nicely in a sweet and sour jacket of gooseberries, sniffing tobacco and lime. Surprisingly different from the nose, but pleasant.

The finish is rather long, sweet and sour with a salty burst at the very end.

I was not very impressed with the nose, but the palate and certainly the finish made up for a lot.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
larswehmeier
Expert Junior larswehmeier Tasting note
13 Dec 2017 4:45 pm
larswehmeier gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Ein schöner würziger Rauch steigt zunächst aus dem Glas auf. Es riecht nach Erde, modrigem Holz und Kräutern. Ist das vielleicht schon der Wachholder mit dem das Malz geräuchert wurde? Bin mir noch unschlüssig. Dahinter dann süße Vanille und Zitrusfrische.

Taste

Würziger Antritt mit Rauch, Erde und Holz. Im ersten Eindruck leicht alkoholisch aber dann doch angenehm warm. Aus dem Rachen steigen die Kräuter wieder auf, dieses Mal deutlich als Wachholder erkennbar. Am hinteren Gaumen viel Eiche. Trockener werdend.

Finish

Mittellang. Der Rauch bleibt angenehm zart stehen.

Comments
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
22 Oct 2017 2:45 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 86 points

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

Mackmyra make two types of new make spirit:

  • Mackmyra ‘Vit Hund’ meaning ‘White dog’ [a US term], is their standard new make spirit that can be bought as a watered down version at 46.1%
  • Then there’s there peated spirit that goes into making Svensk Rok.

Rok means smoke. For the peated Svensk Rok they use floor malted Swedish barley. Each batch represents around 3 months of peated production.


Mackmyra ‘Svensk Rok’ [2017] Ob. 46.1% [50cl]

  • N: A peated number on smoky spruce needles accompanied by nutty>vanilla, silver skin onions, swordfish!, goji & sloe berries? - no, it’s juniper. Juniper is added to the peat fire during kilning! I wonder if they add a touch to the Bruks? I find this splendid and ingenious whisky making.
  • T: Smoked cacao and caramel with the juniper in the background. Clever all the way.
  • F: Hot cocoa, gentle smoke.
  • C: Swedish whisky with Japanese precision [Nick]. Very clever on every level. Seemingly, the most grown/sophisticated up of the night.

Scores a B[-]

Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
03 Aug 2017 8:33 pm
Cubey666 gave this whisky 79 points

Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017

Weighted Rate
78.8
Nose
76
Initial taste
82
Body
81
Finish
76
Price
79
Presentation
79
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Marko_I
Connoisseur Marko_I Tasting note
17 Jun 2017 12:49 am
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

der ist mal anders, interessant, schöne Überraschung: kein wirklicher Rauch, sondern von vornherein eine  schöne, intensive Trockenkräuterwürzmischung, Majoran, Thymian, Oregano, vor allem Wacholder, dazu Grasschnitt, Tomatenkraut, im Hintergrund Karamell

Taste

erst Karamellsüße, cremiges Mundgefühl, dann wieder quer durch den Kräutergarten, alte Küchenkräuter, Heu, Wacholder, Nelke, Tomatenkraut, etwas bitter, etwas Schärfe, Lakritz, sogar eine Prise Salz?...

Finish

lang, trocken, würzig, etwas Karamell

Comments

Gefällt mir, interessant, mal 'ne andere Art Rauchigkeit, speziell für Fans von Wacholder und Kräuteraromen zu empfehlen, und da sind 35€/0,5l auch in Ordnung.

"Every question I answer will only lead to another question", 'Mother', Lost S06E15
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
19 May 2017 1:05 am
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 86 points

https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/mackmyra-10yo-is-here/

This is malt smoked over juniper which Mackmyra says [of the Swedes] “have used to season [their] food for generations” [mackmyra.com]

  • N: There’s a high copper contact i’m guessing given the fruits and the funk - smoked funk. Compacted saltiness also.
  • T: Starts rather savoury>sweet with dry heather. I sense a relaxed maturation policy i.e. a fair number of refills.
  • F: Dry yet lingering.
  • C: I dig this too.


Scores a C+

Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
10 Apr 2017 9:47 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose
Hints of smoke, green apples, citrus, neat rock, salty, juniper way in the back. Wild honey, some vanilla.

Taste

Hints of smoke, salt (a bit maritime), citrus. 

Finish

Medium. Hints of smoke, salt and citrus. The juniper is getting more present. 

Comments
Another fine Mackmyra. Not to complex. This used to be a smoky expression.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
05 Mar 2017 4:08 pm

Je lis à posteriori que ce whisky est censé être tourbé. Vraiment ? J'étais sans doute distrait par mes invités alors. Je retiens un whisky avec beaucoup d'identité, marqué par le bois, à la fois au nez et en bouche. Il domine, mais n'écrase pas. Quelques notes végétales (sûrement le genévrier qu'ils ont ajouté) un peu austères viennent contrebalancer des notes de fruits frais. De l'équilibre. Une réussite pour Mackmyra qui ne m'a pas toujours transcendé;

Enthousiasme 3/5

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Era68
Member Senior Era68 Review note
25 Dec 2016 11:00 pm
Era68 gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.3
Nose
91
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
87
Price
79
Presentation
80
Era68
Member Senior Era68 Tasting note
25 Dec 2016 11:20 pm
Era68 gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Total abgefahren...Ein absolut unbekanntes Aroma. Wacholder, Cassis, Gräser, süßes Karamell und leichte Vanille.

Taste

Salzig, Eiche im Vordergrund. Wacholder wechselt zwischen Anis und würziger Eiche.

Finish

Wenig Rauch, trockener werdend und einen Anis mit einem Hauch von Johanisbeere am Gaumen

Comments

Überrascht extrem wenn man sonst nur schottische Single Malts trinkt. Da lohnt es sich auf jeden Fall mal in die schwedische Richtung zu blicken

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