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A subtly smoky Swedish single malt from the wonderful Mackmyra, Stjärnrök translates as ‘Star Smoke’. It’s made up of Oloroso sherry-matured peated malt, and bourbon-matured unpeated malt. There’s virgin American oak in the mix too, though the most unusual addition is Swedish oak ex-cloudberry wine casks, in which a proportion of the whisky was finished. Cloudberries are known for being tart and sweet, but the wine is a much sweeter affair, much like a dessert wine.
Interestingly, both peat and juniper wood were used to smoke the barley for this expression, so expect some green, piney notes among the smoke. The casks are aged in an abandoned mine 50 metres underground – it’s cool, dark, damp, and ideal for maturing whisky. We haven’t had Mackmyra in Pour & Sip since our very first box back in September 2020(!), and we’re stoked to see it again.
Ashy smoke, peppery spice, honey-glazed meat, overdone toast, red apple, and hints of resinous juniper.
Fragrant smoke envelops notes of orange peel, bittersweet cocoa, pine, candied ginger, cranberries, and wood shavings.
Dried pineapple and peppery heat, alongside dry cinnamon and clean smokiness.