When I opened the package I had to do a double take (quizzically staring at the samples with my head cocked to one side really hoping these were whisky samples and not medical samples that had lost their way to a lab, with some poor sick eagerly soul waiting on the results of what is causing their illness) while my workmates giggled like little kids teasing me that its pee.
Joking aside, this was only the second time I had sampled Swedish whisky. The first was at the Whisky Exchange Show in October last year.
Dave: I on the other hand accidentally gatecrashed the #Mackmyra2013 Tweet Tasting a couple of weeks back. A number of participants around the world were invited to take part in this event which was first scheduled for sometime in December, but was rescheduled for January 23rd.
I came home from work one evening to find Kat (she moved out a while back) and ten Glencairns laid out with five different blind expressions from Mackmyra to taste. When I arrived the event had already started so quickly had to catch up, using dram number one as a palate cleanser after a quick nose (sorry!)
The tweet tasting was hosted by Colin Campbell @TheScotsdreamer and Angela D'Orazio @AngelasShare Mackmyra's very own Master Blender
I thought it would be interesting to hide my original tweets and other notes and re-taste the samples, writing new notes during and have included both sets where applicable.
@TheScotsdreamer: Impression: Fantastic and complex nose, fruity yet green and woody, with a banana, almond and peppery taste, dry finish
I wasn't disappointed in the taste. The honey notes came through with a lovely fruitiness of soft berries which is so different from any other whiskies that I have tried so far. It’s got a mix berry jam quality but not sickly sweet as the bitter medicinal herb quality balances out the sweetness. There’s also a pinch of warming spices but this is only there for a brief moment leaving behind a short dry fruity finish.
Dave: Like I said earlier, I quickly nosed and quaffed this on the Tweet Tasting so was pleased to find that I have been sent a sample of this, so while I have no tweets of this dram, I did have plenty of time to enjoy and saviour this malt on a leisurely Saturday afternoon.
The nose opened up with some sweet honey, but with very little time to air starts giving and much more spicy oak aroma. If you don't get you nose over this the instant you pour you'll miss it! The sweetness returns with some spicy white pepper, with the sweetness developing into berry fruits. There is also a hint of vanilla lurking in the background. Returning to this dram after giving it plenty of time to air the nose is really quite perfumed.
Since the number of casks per bottling are so few, the editions in the Moment series are very limited.
The first editions released were Moment 'Medvind' and Moment 'Urberg' that where launched on 15 December 2010
The nose is berry and spicy with peppery cask notes
@TheScotsdreamer: Nose: definitely Floral, slightly salty and hints of green fruits, little hint of the alcohol at the back
@ulvmane: Chocolate and toffee for me. A mature nose.With the pear and bananas far away in the back. a little woody
@angels_share: Nose: again forest fresh notes, wood, some red fruits, wash, polish, butter
@PresleyKa: Getting damp woodland floor/hot compose heap (sweet musky woody notes) and rich dried fruits
@sjoerd972: Has acetone on the nose for sure! more spirity, musky notes indeed, wet leaves, hay
@Whiskylassie: Calming down now, dried red fruit, like cherries or blueberries maybe. Wood is coming through a bit more then #1
@angels_share: Nose: bit winy and pungent/acetic
@tevenLin1969: High strength, white cocoa,vanilla and butter sweet, kinda smoky bitter.. Like flaming passion
@sjoerd972: It has a pinkish hue, which would make me guess a wine cask of some sort. The nose supports that guess. Red fruits, charcoal
@galg: Nose. Spice and fruit. some marmalade. thick stuff. Guess it's a wine cask.
@angels_share: Palate: sweet, red fruit, sultana, walnuts. Oily, creamy woody with a final freshness. Strength around 55 I guess
Similar to the first whisky this is lovely fruity whisky, this one to me is more like mulled wine as its also got some cinnamon coming through. This has got a more syrupy consistency than the previous. The finish is of the mull wine characters.
Official Tasting Notes:
The nose is fruity and spicy with elements from the spices of Christmas, butterscotch, toast, almonds, raisins, pears, citrus and oak. The smokiness is well integrated with juniper and Swedish peat.
The palate is fruity, smoky, and spicy with dried fruits, butterscotch, citrus, liquorice and vanilla
The after-taste is long and fruity with a soft oakiness
@TheScotsdreamer: Nose: herb garden and a bag of bon-bons, honey, banana again and a tiny bit of metal.
@angels_share: Nose: again this "Swedish forest" character with fresh hints. Nutmeg. Dried apricot. Amaretto.
@ulvmane: Cypress, warm garden nursery, fruits and herbs
@galg: We're not in Kansas anymore! are we? this one is very very different
@galg: Am i the only one getting some smoke here?
@Whiskylassie: You have to rub some on your hands! Huge discovery!!!
@sjoerd972: Corsican myrthe, licorice, some wood smoke (not peat), fried bananas (the Indonesian stuff). Very, very different!
@TheScotsdreamer: WOW the palate on this is fantastic, again slightly different to the nose but phenomenal!
@Whiskylassie: You may think I'm nuts but I get grease and smoke, like burgers dripping fat on your BBQ!
@sjoerd972: Sweet pastry, fried bananas, BBQ pork, kind of greasy with a heap of alcohol. lots of spices, marinade, myrtle, WOW!
@galg: Palate is very nice: all those smoked bananas, meat, leather, sausage and a sherry sort of sweet marinate.
@TheScotsdreamer: Impression: herby and sweet on the nose, bananas and wood. Complex in the mouth, herbs, smoke slightly oily and fruity
@StevenLin1969: A lot of spicy flavour, pepper, cinnamon with sweet, beautiful balance. Powerful strength, can burn the throat
So what did We think?
Kat: The nose of this whisky is definitely more robust of sweet cigars/pipe tobacco, the fruity berry characters is the same this time I make it as blackberries that’s still got some sour acidity to it and pears. With some water it brings out bitter roasted coffee bean aromas.
For the taste, a very interesting one this one, firstly there’s a bitter note similar to pine needles, fruity sweetness which reminded me of a Black Forest Gateau minus the cream. Then you get the peat smoke which changes the character to a BBQ and vinegar flavour for me. These flavours to my surprise created a balance. It’s very spicy at 51.2% so I had to add some water with this one but the finish was still spicy and fruity.
From my Saturday afternoon notes Glöd is the colour of dark straw. It's sweet and smoky on the nose, big, rich, meaty and spicy. the initial smoky note evolves to a thick sweet sherry like note, there is lots of fruit including some slightly under-ripe strawberries, mmm delicious!
The strawberry returned on the thick sweet, smoky, peaty palate for me. There's a fair amount of peppery spice and some earthy notes.
The flavours of the forest flourish through this whisky, with a rich foliage of fruity notes from the lingonberry and blueberry, gently wrapped in a light veil of smoke. The nose is a complex palette of berries and spicy cask notes.
Official Tasting Notes:
Color: darker golden amber.
Aroma: Lots of forest aromas with tannins, earth, juniper, light peat smoke and spice.
Mouth: Fruity, berry, winy, smoky and spicy with dark cherries, pear and roasted oak. Dry fruit, nutty with well integrated spice and herbs. Medium to thick texture.
Aftertaste: oak, some juniper and peat smoke, fruit and spice. A quite long aftertaste.
@StevenLin1969: A lot of spicy flavour, pepper, cinnamon with sweet, beautiful balance. Powerful strength, can burn the throat, but we can't forget the most beautiful thing is always born from the fire
The green herb notes came through strongly initially then mellows out to the background. Soft berry notes are also present but I found it hard to make out exactly what they are as this is quickly followed by toast flavour. The toast is more like table water crackers and same as eating to many crackers, it leaves a dry mouth feel.
Another spicy peppery dram on the nose, no smoke to this one though, clean and fresh, some sweet toffee, peach stones, and lots of vanilla. After some time in the glass it became much sweeter with some honey notes. I found that this whisky had the closest profile to a Speyside Scotch
Not found for sale in UK yet
Official Tasting Notes:
Color: Dark Amber
Aroma: Honey, demerara sugars, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, citrus, orange, red berries, ginger cookies and bakery spices, almonds, ice tea and coffee.
Mouth: Honey, vanilla, lightly roasted oak, coffee, oranges and citrus. A buttery and light texture.
Aftertaste: Butterscotch, vanilla, honey, citrus and bakery spice.
@sjoerd972: Has a lot of sugary, syrupy sweetness on the palate. fruity, berries, the sweetness of wood, but not the woodiness. weird.
@sjoerd972: Thanks for the ice tea note. You're spot on with that. Lots of honey too.
@angels_share: (not whisky!) Nose: jenevrier genepi fresh. Sugar. Maple syrup
@WhiskyBrother: What a nose! Such a sweet spiciness. Reminds me of a sweet and sour Asian dish. Hickory? Slight medicinal note too
@TheScotsdreamer: Nose: Thick and sweet, lots of honeys (Pine Honey, Heather Honey) slightly spicy almost breathable.
So what did We think?
Kat: The nose unsurprisingly is strongly of honey, for me heather honey. There is a medicinal herb quality to it; all I can make out was aniseed and fennel.
Also unsurprisingly the taste is of honey, the liquid is like very runny honey which coats the tongue with silken dark caramel notes, again like crème caramel with a hint of bitterness towards the end. It also reminds me of my Grandad’s brown sugar Seville orange marmalade as it does leave the same bitter sweet aftertaste. There is a smidgen of allspice berries that peeps through the sweetness every now and then but is hard to make out.
I'm not normally one for sweet liqueurs but I was pretty impressed with this one, the wild honey notes are fabulous, and there is a light citrus note to it that reminded me of the honey and lemon 'Lockets', although on reflection think that that was a bit of a wild descriptor as it is so much more enjoyable than that.
The evenings tweet tasters came from all across the globe and were: @Whiskylassie from Canada @angels_share from Italy @PresleyKa from the UK @StevenLin1969 from Taiwan @galg from Israel @sjoerd972 from The Nederlands and @ulvmane from Sweden. I think there were a couple of others who couldn't make this re-arranged date too.
Many thanks to Colin Campbell @TheScotsdreamer Angela D'Orazio @AngelasShare for hosting this event and for Mackmyra for the samples.
For more information check out the Mackmyra website.