Mackmyra unveils forest-inspired Jaktlycka whisky

by Owen Bellwood

Swedish whisky producer Mackmyra has launched a limited edition expression inspired by the forests that surround the distillery.

Mackmyra has created its autumnal Jaktlycka whisky inspired by the flavours and senses of the "ancient forests" that surround the distillery in Gävle, Sweden. Available to purchase from 2 September, Jaktlycka, which means 'happy hunting' in Swedish, has been made using whisky matured in casks that previously held lingonberry and blueberry wine from the Grythyttan winery in Sweden. Maturation in the ex-wine barrels has given the whisky aromas of “warm, fruity grape tones and notes of herbs" and "soft vanilla oak with aromas of anise, ginger, raisins, pear caramel and vanilla”. Angela D’Orazio, master blender at Mackmyra, said: “Jaktlycka is a warm and soft whisky filled with treasures from the forests. The notes of berries, together with the wonderful spicy contribution from Swedish oak, generate a fantastic flavour that embodies the Swedish forest and autumn. “The result is a creamy and berrylike whisky with a softly embedded spiciness and notes of dried fruit, vanilla and raisins. It will make a classic companion to milk chocolate desserts." Bottled at 46.1% ABV, Mackmyra Jaktlycka is available to pre-order from the distillery now and will be launched on 2 September, priced at £59.90 (US$79) per 700ml bottle.