Masi gives Mackmyra Skördetid a taste of Italy

Mackmyra’s latest seasonal release, Skördetid, is an elegant whisky with six months finish in Masi Costasera Amarone casks, which results in a whisky with sweet, vinous notes of grapes, raisins and a herbal spiciness. Skördetid, which is Swedish for “harvest time”, is the result of close collaboration between Mackmyra and the Italian wine producer Masi, and is available in limited quantities.

This is the first time Mackmyra has presented a seasonal whisky with Amarone cask finishing.

Using the complex and unique flavours of this wine gives this latest edition a soft and spicy character that is suited to autumn and winter.

When I visited the Italian wine producer Masi one winter, I felt immediately that here was a company whose values and methods matched Mackmyra’s. It wasn’t hard to sell the idea of creating a whisky with an Amarone finish to our Master Blender Angela D’Orazio, who has Italian ancestry, says Carl Klingberg, Mackmyra´s chairman of the board”

Skördetid is an elegant Swedish single malt whisky partially matured in Italian Amarone casks, Masi Costasera Amarone, but which has kept the original character of Mackmyra’s whisky casks. The whisky was initially matured in the Bodås mine in Sweden in Mackmyra casks, and, to finish the whisky, a high proportion spent a final six months in the Masi 600 litres oak barrels.

The aroma is spicy, fruity and herbal with warm vinous grape notes and a slightly mineral tone. On the palate, the flavours are fruity and spicy with raisins and dried pears, as well as ginger and vanilla. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. The long finish is fruity and spicy with notes of oak and warm raisins.

It is fascinating to see how our casks, where for a long period Masi Costasera has been aged, have transferred their character and specific aromas from our unique wine to another unique product. When comparing the two products separately, the tastes are completely different, but the whisky finished in our casks has Costasera’s distinct flavours of dark cherries in combination with its typical fruitiness, the herbal notes, together with the flavour of vanilla fudge from Mackmyra”
says; Raffaele Boscaini, Masi Technical Group.

The dark wine-red colour of Masi Costasera Amarone can also be seen on the bottle’s stopper and in the packaging. Skördetid has a natural colour that comes from its maturation in the wine casks. Skördetid is a whisky that comes into its own in the darker autumnal and winter evenings. It can be enjoyed just as it is or as an accompaniment to a fine dessert.

Skördetid, released as a limited edition, will be available in selected export markets and at the Swedish liquor shops, Systembolaget.




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