The story of Mackmyra, Sweden’s first whisky distillery, famously began with a ski trip in 1998, when eight friends from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology went on holiday together and all brought bottles of whisky to share.
In conversation during the evening, the friends’ national pride was somewhat piqued by the fact that all of them had brought Scotch and discussion turned to how a Swedish distillery could be set up.
One year after the idea was born, in 1999, Mackmyra Svensk Whisky was founded. On 18 December 1999 all the permits were in place and the first drops could be distilled. By 2001 they were producing two recipes, an elegant, fruity one and one with characteristic Swedish smokiness. These are the two flavours that will be associated with the words Swedish malt whisky.
What had started as a mental exercise developed into a dream, which in time became a reality. Now the very first, totally Swedish malt whisky is here. When the first bottles went on sale in the stores of Systembolaget [the State-owned alcohol monopoly] in March 2006, people were standing in line and the bottles were sold out all over Sweden in one hour.
The distillery is at the beautiful Mackmyra Bruk mill in Gästrikland. When they opened for business in 1999 they were the only whisky distillery in Sweden, and also the most northerly one in the world. At that time it was a very small-scale business, using a copper boiler with a capacity of only 100 litres. It was in this pilot distillery that they developed their recipes. At the same time, they proved to the outside world that it is possible to create an excellent malt whisky using the ingredients and under the conditions that they have in Sweden.
It’s here that Mackmyra distilled their first single malt whisky up until year 2011, when the Gravity distillery in Mackmyra Whisky village opened and the production was moved. In 2017, the distillery at Mackmyra Bruk was brought back up and running under the name Lab+Distillery by Mackmyra, with the purpose to produce new innovative spirit-categories in collaboration with skilled craft distillers.
Lab+Distillery's first gin is to the greatest possible extent, produced out of Swedish, carefully chosen, organic ingredients. Which have all been treated thoroughly by hand and then distilled in the classic pot-still at Mackmyra Bruk. The botanicals they use for this gin are: Juniper, lime, grape, lemon, orange, coriander, cardamom, Seville orange, vanilla, pink pepper, cinnamon, ginger, elderberry, anise, lingonberry and raspberry.
Juniper and raspberry, with a hint of coriander, create a sensation of Swedish forest. The scent hints of sweet vanilla and cardamom. And with the aftertaste, we’re introduced to distinct, lingering tones of citrus. Enjoy this Gin just as it is, on the rock's, or in a classic Gin & Tonic.
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Name Mackmyra Lab+Distillery Kreatör [jin] Country Sweden Region Valbo ABV% 47.3% Size 500ml Dietary Information Organic