Sweden’s Mackmyra releases single malt whisky finished in birch wine casks

Mackmyra bjorksav whisky

Sweden’s Mackmyra Whisky is continuing to innovate with the release of a single malt that has been finished in barrels that previously held birch sap wine.

Available from today (10 March) to tie in with the arrival of spring, the unique Mackmyra Björksav is one of two seasonal limited releases that come from the distillery each year.

The single malt has been created using Swedish oak casks and barrels that have previously held bourbon, oloroso sherry and fresh, delicately sweet björk, or birch sap wine, from Swedish artisan winery Grythyttan Vin. It is bottled at 46.1% ABV.

Angela D’Orazio, Mackmyra’s master blender, said: “Björksav is a floral and fruity whisky with a light spiciness, vanilla fudge, cedar and toasted bread, with clear notes of birch sap wine. Björksav evokes that feeling of spring.”

It is part of the Swedish distillery’s commitment to challenging traditional norms in whisky-making and highlighting Swedish nature, flavours and craftsmanship. It has been coming up with seasonal limited editions for the past 16 years.

Only 15,000 bottles of Mackmyra Björksav have been released via the distillery and selected retailers internationally including The Little Whisky Shop. In the UK, it has a recommended retail price of £59.90.

Björk is an aperitif wine made in Sweden by fermenting the sap of the birch tree and resting it before bottling. Grythyttan Vin‘s Björk is a fresh, dry wine with a clear light yellow colour, the aroma of birch and flavours of birch, herbs and citrus.

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