Mackmyra creates single malt whisky using ex-calvados casks

Sweden’s Mackmyra distillery has expanded its portfolio with a new single malt whisky that is finished in ex-calvados casks.

Called Äppelblom (apple blossom in Swedish), the seasonal whisky is “reminiscent of spring and fresh green apples in both taste and design”.

The limited-edition beverage is a result of a collaboration between Mackmyra and calvados producer Christian Drouin. Mackmyra master blender Angela D’Orazio worked with Christian and his son Guillaume to create the 46.1% ABV beverage, which is said to be “fruity and lightly spiced”.

Äppelblom is available in 700ml bottles, priced at £60.

D’Orazio said: “The choice of calvados producer was easy. Christian Drouin creates absolutely fantastic calvados in all respects, with genuine craftsmanship in every product since 1965, he has challenged French traditions in this area and is therefore the perfect match for Mackmyra’s approach and our enjoyment of experimenting.

“The light apple tones from our whisky, in combination with the more mature apple flavours from the calvados, give Äppelblom a generous cask character with a fine spicy balance.”

Guillaume Drouin, managing director at Calvados Christian Drouin, added: “Calvados is a delicate and fruity spirit. When discovering Äppelblom, I was very impressed by the delicate marriage between the pear and citrus notes of the whisky with the apple and oxidative flavours given by our casks. The result is a very expressive and elegant whisky, which will be just perfect at springtime.

“Since we have a very long ageing for our calvados we hardly get the opportunity to use them for a second fill, therefore I was happy to see the result of this innovative ageing using one of the very few casks we ship from our cellar.”

Äppelblom is available in the UK now in 700ml bottles, priced at £60.

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