In The Welsh Wind recently released a limited-edition Mackmyra 8-year-old single malt, the first in a series of independent bottled whiskies under its own label.
The West Wales spirits producer put its own spin on a Mackmyra whisky barrel from the Swedish distiller, aging it for three months in a Banyuls cask (Banyuls is a sweet, fortified wine from southwest France).
The distiller’s notes show this wine-cask finished expression to have notes of caramel, Silver Birch bark and pine along with the taste of Banyuls from the cask. It’s unpeated and wraps up with a bergamot citrus finish.
In The Welsh Wind is not new to the blending of distinct flavors, having done so with their Palo Cortado cask-aged gin.
Ellen Wakelam, co-founder of In The Welsh Wind, said that the chance to explore a different cask finish with Mackmyra’s whisky was too good to turn down for their first venture into independent bottling under the In the Welsh Wind label.
“When we were offered the opportunity to have a single cask of their eight-year-old single malt whisky, it just wasn’t something we could say ‘no’ to,” she said in a prepared statement. “Mackmyra is an innovative Swedish distillery that we feel a strong affinity with as they share many of our ideals and maverick approach to spirits.”
With the Mackmyra whisky, she said they wanted to showcase the flavors offered by the sun-maderised red wine from the southwest of France. Banyuls is itself matured for at least 10 months, leaving the cask replete with what’s described as color and flavor.
“This whisky sings with these prevailing notes from the cask, adding a sweet, rich touch,” she added.
With 300 bottles made, In The Welsh Wind’s 8-year-old Mackmyra whisky clocks in at 48% ABV and has a suggested retail price of £75. It’s available online at https://inthewelshwind.co.uk/products/mackmyra-8-yr-old-single-malt.
In The Welsh Wind is a craft distillery on the west coast of Wales, five miles north of Cardigan. They are making a fully Welsh whisky using barley grown in the fields of South Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire, entirely processed and matured at the distillery site.
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