They came as part of an informal whisky sample exchange I have going with a number of fellow whisky fans – always happy to have more.
The pair were poured into my favourite drinking receptacle – the Túath Irish Whiskey Glass – and the fun began.
The flavours in both of these malts just explode on the palate giving a tantalisingly complex taste experience.
This matches my encounters of other Swedish malts sampled on a recent trip to Göteborg which benefit from being non chill filtered & presented at natural colour.
Mackmyra Vinterglöd is full of spicy cinnamon & orange on the nose which follows through on the taste.
There’s a bed of warm vanilla underneath which slowly dries out leaving a gorgeously spicy tingling.
A wonderful spicy winter warmer!
Bergslagens is very dark.
Gentle sweet peat on the nose, perhaps muted by the rich sherry notes.
The taste starts off smooth & silky, before a dry ashy peat wafts in leaving a wonderfully drying sensation tinged with stone fruitiness.
Loving the contrast between the deceptively smooth entry morphing into a stunningly dry ashy hit.
Both are slightly unusual malts, both are very appealing & both push the boundaries of what a great tasting whisky should be.
If anything Vinterglöd reminds me of the Scottish Liqueur Drambuie – without the cloying honey sweetness.
Bergslagens just wins it for me. The powerfully dry ash suits my palate perfectly.
For further information on these fabulous malts press here for Vinterglöd,
And here for Peat Ferie.
Happy International Whisky Day!