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Mackmyra Distillery

  • Sweden
  • European Whisky of the Year, Gold by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), European Spirits Producer of the Year
  • Kolonnvägen 2, 802 67 Gävle, Sweden
Phone Number
  • +4626541880

Mackmyra Distillery in snow, white building, blue sky

History of Mackmyra Distillery

The Founding Vision (1998-1999)

  • Inception of the Idea: In 1998, eight engineering graduates conceived the idea of Swedish malt whisky during a ski trip.
  • Establishment of Mackmyra: A year later, in 1999, Mackmyra Svensk Whisky was founded, marking the start of Sweden’s journey into whisky production.

Developing a Distinctly Swedish Whisky

  • Use of Local Ingredients: Emphasis on local barley, spring water, and Swedish oak for a unique flavour profile.
  • Innovative Maturation: Introduction of the 30-litre cask for more intensive whisky maturation.
  • Signature Smoky Recipe: Adoption of locally cut peat and juniper twigs for a distinctively Swedish smoky whisky.

Expansion and Innovation

  • Initial Location: The distillery commenced at Mackmyra Bruk mill in Gästrikland.
  • Move to Gravity Distillery (2011): Relocation to the innovative Gravity Distillery in Gävle, utilizing gravity to enhance energy efficiency.
  • Environmental Consciousness: Implementation of eco-friendly practices, including the use of bio-pellets for heating.

Milestones and Achievements

  • Major Products and Launches:
    • 2008: Introduction of “The First Edition”, Mackmyra’s first regular whisky.
    • 2010: Inauguration of Mackmyra Whisky Village.
    • 2011: Opening of the Gravity Distillery.
  • Recognition and Awards:
    • 2012: Awarded the title of European Spirits Producer of the Year by IWSC.
    • 2019: Induction of Mackmyra’s Master Blender into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

Sustainable Growth and Diversification

  • Lab+Distillery Initiative (2017): Revival of the Mackmyra Bruk site for producing organic gin and experimental spirits.
  • Annual Production: Close to two million bottles, reflecting steady growth.
  • Commitment to Innovation: Continual experimentation and creation of unique whisky expressions using Swedish traditions and ingredients.

Awards Won by Mackmyra Distillery

European Whisky of the Year: Mackmyra Brukswhisky was named “European Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible.

Gold by the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC): 2010 Mackmyra Brukswhisky was awarded gold at the IWSC.

European Spirits Producer of the Year: In 2012, Mackmyra received the trophy for the “European Spirits Producer of the Year” from the IWSC.

Gold Awards for Multiple Whiskies: The same year, gold awards were presented for Moment Skog and Mackmyra Special 08. Previously in 2011, gold was also awarded to The First Edition, Moment Drivved, Moment Medvind, and Mackmyra Reserve.

Gold Outstanding and Three Golden Stars: In 2013, Mackmyra was awarded Gold Outstanding by the IWSC and Three Golden Stars by the International Taste and Quality Institute for Moment Glöd single malt whisky.

Best of Category in International Whiskey: In 2019, Mackmyra’s Svensk Rök Swedish Single Malt Whisky received the Best of Category award in the International Whiskey class at the American Distilling Institute, earning a Silver Medal Spirit certification.

Gold at the Craft Spirits Awards: Mackmyra Intelligens, the world’s first whiskey created with artificial intelligence, won a Gold medal and was named Best of Category at the Craft Spirits Awards organized by the American Distilling Institute.

Mackmyra Distillery Tour Information and Experience

Introduction to Climate-Smart Whisky Production

  • Overview: Begin your tour with an insightful session about Mackmyra’s innovative, climate-smart whisky-making techniques.
  • Educational Aspect: Learn about their unique approaches to distilling that blend engineering expertise with a passion for whisky.

Deep Dive into Maturation and Casks

  • Exploration of the Forest Warehouse: Discover where Mackmyra stores its 30-litre casks, essential for the whisky maturation process.
  • Cask Types and Maturation: Gain knowledge on the impact of different casks on the whisky’s character.

Whisky Tasting Journey

  • Variety of Flavours: Experience a curated tasting session showcasing the range of Mackmyra whiskies.
  • Comparative Tasting: Understand the nuances between popular bestsellers and unique varieties of Mackmyra whiskies.

Culinary Finale

  • Three-Course Meal: Conclude your tour with a delectable three-course meal at the Whisky Village’s Bar & Bistro.
  • Pricing: The tour is priced at SEK 1195 per person, with a non-alcoholic option available for SEK 895.

Key Details

  • Age Restriction: The tour is available to participants who are at least 18 years old.
  • Booking Information: Reservations for the tour can be made online.

Flask & Barrel Review of Mackmyra Distillery

As a seasoned whisky collector who’s been on numerous distillery tours, I found my visit to Mackmyra Distillery particularly impressive. Their commitment to crafting unique, Swedish flavours really stands out.

The tour around the Gravity Distillery was a highlight, showcasing innovative techniques and a sustainable approach to whisky making. The tasting session was exceptional, offering a range of distinctive whiskies that reflect Mackmyra’s innovative spirit.

The knowledgeable staff and their passion for whisky made the experience even more enjoyable. Overall, I’d give it a solid 4.7 out of 5. It’s a must-visit for any whisky enthusiast looking for something genuinely unique.

What To Do Nearby Mackmyra Distillery

Furuviksparken: A combination of an amusement park and zoo, great for family outings.

Boulognerskogen City Park: Offers serene green spaces for relaxation and leisurely walks.

The Prison Museum of Sweden: A unique museum providing insights into Sweden’s penal history.

Old Town Gävle: Explore the historic area for a glimpse into Gävle’s past.

Gävle Konserthus: Check out this concert hall for cultural events and music performances.

Bönan Fiskeläge: A charming fishing village, perfect for a tranquil visit.

Fjarran Hojderbadet: An exciting water park, ideal for a fun day with family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What restaurants are near Mackmyra Distillery?

Buddys City: It has a rating of 4.0 stars on Google Maps. For reservations, you can contact them at their address, Nygatan 24, Gävle. The contact number is +4626127713.

La Famiglia: This restaurant has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google Maps. It is located at Södra Kungsgatan 42, 802 52 Gävle, Sweden. The contact number for reservation is +4626641070.

Restaurant Tennstopet: It has a rating of 4.1 stars on Google Maps. You can find it at Nygatan 38, Gävle. The contact number for reservation is +4626103970.

What hotels are near Mackmyra Distillery?

Hotell Alderholmen: It has a rating of 4.5 stars on Google Maps. The hotel is located Norra Skeppsbron 3C, 803 10 Gävle, Sweden. The contact number for reservation is +46725115115.

Elite Grand Hotel: This hotel has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google Maps. It is situated at Kyrkogatan 28, 803 11 Gävle, Sweden. The contact number is +46264007300.

Clarion Hotel Winn: It has a rating of 4.2 stars on Google Maps. You can find it at Norra Slottsgatan 9, 801 38 Gävle, Sweden. The contact number is +4626647000.