Plantation and Mackmyra create single malt whisky aged in rum casks

Sweden's Mackmyra distillery has partnered with Plantation Rum to create a single malt aged in rum casks from Barbados and Jamaica.

Angela D’Orazio, master blender at Mackmyra, and Alexandre Gabriel, the founder of Maison Ferrand, producer of Plantation Rum, have teamed up to launch the “spicy and fruity” Moment Karibien. The new expression is a “long-awaited follow-up” to seasonal whisky Mackmyra Vinterdröm, which launched in autumn 2017 as part of a collaboration between the two producers. “We’re absolutely delighted and proud of the long-term working relationship with Alexandre and Plantation Rum, which we began four years ago,” said D’Orazio. “Together, we develop new ideas and unique combinations of flavours for both whisky and rum. Moment Karibien may be one of the best ideas we have had so far.” Moment Karibien was distilled at Mackmyra and aged in its warehouse – Bodås mine – located 50 metres below ground. The different casks used to age the whisky are between eight and 12 years old. Approximately 75% of the liquid has been aged in casks previously used to mature Plantation’s Barbados and Jamaican rums. The expression also contains small amounts of whisky aged in barrels that previously contained oloroso Sherry and cherry wine. The whisky is said to have a “fruit, spicy and butter aroma, with hints of vanilla, pear, toffee and toasted oak”. Its palate has warm notes of rum, oloroso and oaky vanilla. Gabriel added: “What started out as a simple exchange of barrels has now developed into something much more: the start of a genuine friendship between Maison Ferrand and Mackmyra encompassing the exchange of ideas, creativity and innovation. “Barrel Swap is a programme in which we exchange barrels with producers we admire. Each new version is an adventure for us, a collation of savoir-faire in creating new expressions for our rum. “We are extremely proud of our seven-year-old Barbados Single Cask Rum – recently launched at Systembolaget – which is matured in Mackmyra’s Moment casks, and we are just as proud that Mackmyra is now introducing whisky that has been finally aged in our fine rum barrels.” Bottled at 44.4%, Moment Karibien is limited to 4,127 bottles.