Mackmyra Svensk Rök: A Swedish dram to banish November

The best thing about dreary November weather is how well it works with a drop of in-yer-face whisky. Specifically, Talisker. Not a fancy Talisker bottling but the standard edition, common or peat bog 10-year-old. Its bracing forthrightness gives me strength to face the drizzle and biting wind. Other whiskies are available.
Mackmyra Svensk Rök

Swedish distillery Mackmyra present their first readily available smoke-forward malt whisky

Swedish distillers Mackmyra have two whiskies that must have been designed with the onset of winter. One is called, Midvinter, and one Svensk Rök. I’ll leave you to pat yourself on the head for knowing what the first means, but the second is  “Swedish Smoke”, which is the subject here. Extra points for guessing that “rök” has a close friend in the Scots “reek” (and German Rauch, for that matter).

Mackmyra have always done peated whiskies. Smoke is one of their two basic recipes; the unpeated is called Elegant. Svensk Rök is the first commercially-available bottling that is made to be smoke-dominant. They must have spent hours thinking up the name. Private cask owners have always been able to choose the smoke. In fact, I part-own a cask called “Smoky Baby”. You can bet I was keen to compare.

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