We’re always delighted to welcome new exhibitors to the annual Fife Whisky Festival and with the magnificent Mackmyra joining us in 2020, we’re equally as delighted to welcome a distillery based from much further afield.
Mackmyra has just marked its 20th anniversary having been founded in 1999. Soon afterwards, as business was clearly on the up, somebody at Mackmyra decided to build a new distillery in the same direction. Based just outside Gävle, a little over a hundred miles north of Stockholm, this Gravity Distillery was built in 2011 and stands 35 metres high. It makes use of – you guessed it – gravity in the whisky making process.
At the helm of Mackmyra’s single malt releases is Master Blender, Angela D’Orazio. Having joined the team in 2004, she now has the best job title in the whisky industry: Chief Nose Officer. We’re sure she tastes everything as well. Otherwise the releases wouldn’t be as fantastic as they are!
Without some of the constraints which are currently in place for producers of Scotch whisky, Mackmyra (as a producer of Swedish single malt) has licence to experiment more with different cask types. They’ve recently released a number of expressions demonstrating their ability to constantly push their limits of creativity.
A couple of examples of this are Mackmyra Vinterglöd and Mackmyra Äppelblom. Vinterglöd means winter glow and the former is a bottling from casks which previously held Swedish mulled wine as well as Pedro Ximinez sherry. The latter, named after the Swedish for apple blossom, was finished in casks previously containing Calvados.
It’s not only cask types which have fuelled the creative juices at Mackmyra. Towards the end of last year, the folks released Intelligens AI; a single malt created by an artificial intelligence programme!
We’re really looking forward to welcoming the Mackmyra team to Cupar in March and can’t wait to see what they’ll be pouring on the day.