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Overall rating
81.54/100
votes
177
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Strength
46.1 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
7350029669317
Added on
21 Aug 2013 2:18 pm

Average value

€ 43.96

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Whisky Reviews for Mackmyra Svensk Rök

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.54 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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.

  2. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N- Soft rubbery with coat of thin salts and fisherman nuance, followed by honey, white oak, burnt paper ashes and lemon jello in the middle. Pungent at base with nice spicy nutmeg, but also off fragrant of gluey solvent and gummy young notes. A rather fine young spirits. (86/20)

    P- Oat sweet, creamy, sour wood, cocoa bean with cigar match box that filled with cedar wood smokes. Crisp dryness locked the flavours well in good order. But may be a hit miss in the middle and get thinner as it goes on palate. (86/20)

    F- Medium, pine, leafy green and upfront with fine restrained spiciness. Hint of pink peppercorn lurking and lemony. (86/20)

    Balanced- (86/20)

  4. larswehmeier scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A nice spicy smoke first rises from the glass. It smells like earth, moldy wood and herbs. Is that perhaps the juniper with which the malt was smoked? I'm still undecided. Then sweet vanilla and citrus freshness.
    • Taste
      Spicy start with smoke, earth and wood. In the first impression slightly alcoholic but then pleasantly warm. From the throat, the herbs rise again, this time clearly recognizable as juniper. On the back palate a lot of oak. Drying.
    • Finish
      Medium. The smoke remains pleasantly tender.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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[-]

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  7. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like, interesting, sometimes a different kind of smokiness, especially recommended for fans of juniper and herbal flavors, and there are 35 € / 0,5l also fine.
    • Nose
      it is different, interesting, nice surprise: no real smoke, but from the outset a beautiful, intensive dry herb seasoning mixture, marjoram, thyme, oregano, especially juniper, grass clippings, tomato herb, in the background caramel
    • Taste
      first caramel sweetness, creamy mouthfeel, then again across the herb garden, old kitchen herbs, hay, juniper, clove, Tomato herb, a little bitter, a bit of spiciness, liquorice, even a pinch of salt? ...
    • Finish
      long, dry, spicy, some caramel

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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+

  9. Goethe scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Another fine Mackmyra. Not to complex. This used to be a smoky expression.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • 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. 

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I read a posteriori that this whisky is supposed to be peated. Really ? I was probably distracted by my guests then. I remember a whisky with a lot of identity, marked by wood, both on the nose and in the mouth. He dominates, but does not crush. Some vegetal notes (probably the juniper they added) a little austere counterbalance notes of fresh fruit. Balance. A success for Mackmyra who did not always transcend me;

    Enthusiasm 3/5

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