|The first four whiskies.|
|All the bottles (first half on top).|
And we started off with one of Mackmyra's newest drams, Mack. Alex explained that it was aimed at a cheaper price point than its other products, in part to satisfy a gap in the domestic Swedish market, where the sale of booze is famously controlled by a state-owned chain of off licences.
|Mack by Mackmyra.|
We moved next onto another component of Mackmyra's core range, a blend called Brukswhisky. Alex told us that the youngest whisky in the blend is about the 7-year-old mark, with others nearer 10, with a mixture of those aged in first fill bourbon barrels but also sherried and Swedish oak casks.
Svensk Ek was whisky number three, and it's among the Mackmyra drams we've had and enjoyed previously. You might have clocked its distinctive burnt orange packaging before. It's particularly notable for being matured in barrels made from oak trees originally intended to provide wood for shipbuilding. The Swedish Navy's loss is our gain, clearly.
The last of the whiskies before half-time was Svensk Rok, which translates as 'Swedish Smoke'. And in keeping with Mackmyra's tradition of using local ingredients, we're talking Swedish peat here.
|The second half.|
And whisky number five was certainly something out of the ordinary. Mackmyra Appelblom, that is apple blossom, certainly gives us a taste of spring. The secret sauce here is that it is finished in Calvados casks, Calvados being an apple brandy from Normandy.
|Mackmyra Appleblom Calvados cask.|
Mackmyra also has a range under the banner 'Moment' and this was where whisky number six came from, the Fjallmark. This is finished in barrels which have been used to hold cloudberry wine, cloudberries being those orange berries that grow wild quite commonly in Sweden, and even at certain locations here (Kinder Scout, apparently!).
We weren't finished yet, and whisky seven took us into the world of private casks. The particular dram Alex had for us to try was a 6yo peated whisky from an Oloroso sherry cask.
|The private cask - a peated Oloroso.|
The night concluded with our eighth (!) whisky, and it was the Svensk Rok Amerikansk Ek, a limited edition version of the Svensk Rok aged in new American oak casks.
|Svensk Rok Amerikansk.|
This has a rich, dark colour. Again there's a barbecue feel about it ("like McDonald's barbecue sauce" as someone suggested - is this a good thing? I'm going with yes), along with a smoky, spiciness. It's £58 and is 46%.
That left us with just one order of business to complete, the dram of the night voting. It was even tougher than normal, and no fewer than six of the eight scored at least a couple of votes, but the winner turned out to be the cloudberry-infused Fjallmark with no fewer than 11.
Thank you to Alex for a great evening, and also for fixing up a tie-up with our friends at Aston's which will see club members get a little money off their next bottle of Mackmyra. Also thanks to everyone who came to yet another well-attended tasting, and to everyone at the Britons for hosting us.