“Why are there no whisky distilleries Sweden?” one of the friends asked. None of the others could answer the question, leaving it floating in the air. Sweden has no tradition of making whisky. We thought that was weird when we began to explore whether it was possible to create a Swedish single malt whisky -for everywhere we turned, we saw opportunities.
In Sweden, we find one of the world’s purest water, filtered to perfection since the Ice Age. It is no coincidence that the distillery is located next to a boulder with constant access to the crystal clear waters. Our Swedish barley develops a special sweetness during the long summer days, a sweetness that has become one of the cornerstones of our whisky.
A large part of our whisky is stored in new Swedish oak. The Swedish oak grows slowly in our harsh climate and gives the whisky a harsher flavor than American oak. The whisky gets a fiery spice balanced by sweetness similar to caramelized sugar.
Today we produce whisky with the same joy of discovery and experimentation as we did when starting in 1999, but in one of the world’s most modern distilleries. We do it according to the rules of art, but we do it our way and with Swedish ingredients. To produce whisky without additives and with as little environmental impact as possible is for us a matter of course.
We hope that you want to continue to explore our Swedish flavours with us!
When we outgrew our first distillery at Mackmyra Bruk, we took the chance to start over and and built the the worlds most climate-smart distillery, naming it Mackmyra Gravity Distillery. Standing 35 meter metres tall, as the name suggests this building makes use of gravity throughout the whisky-making process.
1998 The idea of a Swedish malt whisky is born. 1999 The first drops are distilled. 2000 The first 30-liter barrel is created. 2001 The Mackmyra recipes, Elegant and Smoke, are stated. 2002 Mackmyra Reserve is launched – it becomes possible to buy a custom barrel. 2003 A new warehouse on Fjäderholmarna in the Stockholm archipelago opens. 2004 Bodås Mine becomes Mackmyras main warehouse. 2006 A new warehouse at Häckeberga Castle in Skåne opens. 2007 A new warehouse on the west coast of Smögen opens. 2008 The first regular whisky “The First Edition” is launched 2009 The construction of Mackmyra Whisky Village in Gävle starts. 2010 Opening of the Mackmyra Whisky Village. 2011 Gravity distillery opens in Mackmyra Whisky Village. 2012 We were appointed the European Spirits Producer of the Year by the IWSC. 2013 We launched our first smoky whisky, Svensk Rök (Swedish Smoke). 2013 Opens an affiliate in Germany 2015 We were appointed the World Distiller of The Year av Wizards of Whisky 2016 Launching Mack by Mackmyra 2017 Mackmyra starts making gin at LAB Distillery 2017 – Opens an affiliate in UK