Age: No age statement
Launched in 2010, Brukswhisky has formed part of Mackmyra’s core range ever since. The spirit is aged primarily in ex-bourbon casks, but sherry butts and Swedish oak are also used, making for quite an attractive mix. The presentation is equally striking, being distinctly different from the rest of Mackmyra’s lineup. Featuring assorted tools, distilling equipment and raw materials, the packaging marries Mackmyra’s premium style with a more industrious image. Indeed, Brukswhisky’s product page shows a scene taken straight from the Industrial Revolution, with Mackmyra’s hypermodern Gravity Distillery tucked into one corner. Let’s see if all this hard work paid off.
Nose: Light and delicate, with aromas of confectioner’s sugar and fresh green apples. Scents of vanilla mingle with a slightly heathery fragrance, before giving way to sponge cake and a hint of toffee.
Palate: Spicier than on the nose, as white pepper and chili flakes quickly fizzle out. Then oaky notes give way to soft, fruity influences, with honeydew melon and butterscotch.
Finish: Medium long and quite bitter, with another nice explosion of spice, dissipating into a lingering trace of cigar smoke.
Verdict: Brukswhisky is an accessible entry to Mackmyra’s range. While there isn’t anything to particularly dislike about this whisky, there’s nothing that really stands out either. Apart from that burst of spice at the end, this dram just isn’t very engaging. And given its workmanlike image, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Bruskwhisky is a utilitarian whisky – it does the job. No frills, no thrills.
Value for money: 🤩🤩