Mackmyra continued with their experimentation with this, the Vinterrök, my last single malt review this week. They took significantly peated spirit and aged it in a mix of Swedish and American oak casks that were "saturated" with Scotch Strong Ale. I didn't know any of that information when I wrote the following tasting notes:
Series: Seasons (Säsongswhisky)
Type: Single Malt
Maturation: see notes above
Alcohol by Volume: 46.1%
Colorant added? No
(from a purchased sample)
Its color is light gold. The nose is dried grass clippings meet peat meet ham? Juniper, spinach and plastic toys? Sulphur? Neat, indeed. The palate: the first sip is cinnamon sticks, brush fire and white sugar. Second sip is very earthy and vegetal with a ginger ale tail. Third and subsequent sips bring those two sides together with an effervescent fizziness. Wormwood + horseradish + ginger + molasses? I don't know. Fascinating. It has a long ashy finish, with an unusual spicy sweetness. Maybe fresh ginger, cayenne, dark chocolate and toffee? There's also a savory thing going on in the back.
WITH WATER (~40%abv)
A little more bacon now on the nose. Dock side, barley, sand and wool sweaters. Cinnamon sticks and peat smoke on the palate. Lemon candy and a zetz of chili oil. It finishes sweeter and lemony. Ashes and cinnamon.
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I've never had anything quite like this craziness. And think I'm in love. It's like someone infused Kilchoman with ginger, horseradish and a new sweater.
This particular eccentricity didn't exactly get raves when it came out and I can understand why. It won't seduce the drinker with harmony and grace, nor immediate drinkability. Ain't no smooth here. It appeals to a very specific palate, probably someone with Swedish-Mongolian-Wiccan-Panda heritage. And I am just that man.
Availability - Continental Europe only
Pricing - between $40 and $60 before shipping
Rating - 87