World Whisky is an interesting trend where all over the world people in countries that have never made whisky before are opening up distilleries, and countries with industries that only produced cheap, barely drinkable swill are starting to up their game (Three Ships in South Africa and Amrut in India are shining examples).
Dominic Roskrow is a world renowned whisky writer and has long been involved in the World Whisky scene. He attended this year’s Whisky Live in Tel Aviv and I was lucky enough to hang out with him a bit. One thing he’s very big on is the idea that countries that are new to making whisky should embrace whatever unique factors they have to offer when making their whisky, rather than trying to ape existing styles.
On this note, he brought along some fairly unique whiskies which he opened in the VIP area. One of them was quite an interesting one from Mackmyra, a by now established Swedish distillery. Aside from being a limited edition and being from Sweden and all of that, it contains a good portion of whisky that was matured in casks which previously held Cherry wine (there’s also some PX and Oloroso thrown in here, the rest being “American Oak”). Truly an oddity. Now I hate cherry wine, absolutely cannot stand it, but this was just too intriguing a thing to pass up trying.
NAS. 46.1%ABV. Matured in American Oak, PX casks, Oloroso and Cherry Wine casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Very floral. Bubblegum flavouring. Light wood. Apricot. Red liquorice.
Palate: Far too sweet for me. More bubblegum. Banana flavour. Fruit syrup.
Finish: Medium-long. More fruit syrup. Fruit cocktail juice. Simple syrup.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No
This is not a bad whisky, and was certainly interesting to try, but faaaaar to sweet and fruity for me. Like really overpoweringly sweet.