Swedish Whisky

Like much of Europe outside of Scotland, Swedish whisky is a very young industry, having gotten its start as recently as 1999, when Mackmyra began operations in the town of Valbo. Swedish whisky is commonly made in the single malt style, and its malt may be smoked with peat and/or juniper branches, giving it a unique character not found in other regions’ whiskies. Fewer than a dozen distilleries in the country are currently producing whisky.

Top Swedish Whisky Posts:

Motörhead Whisky
Tasting the Spirits of Sweden’s Spirit of Hven
Mackmyra Swedish Whisky “The First Edition”

Review: Spirits of Single Cask Nation, Spring 2023 Releases

By Drew Beard | February 27, 2024 |

More than just the packaging has changed for indie bottler Single Cask Nation (SCN) since last we checked in on them. At the beginning of 2024, the brand announced their acquisition by Artisanal Spirits Co., owners of another, bigger bottler you may have heard of, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founders Joshua Hatton and Jason…

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Review: Whiskies of Single Cask Nation, Summer and Fall 2022 Releases

By Drew Beard | June 8, 2023 |

When we last checked in on Single Cask Nation, the indie bottlers had just released an impressive American single malt from Virginia Distillery Co. From the looks of it, they’ve gone much further afield for their recent releases, sourcing a wide variety of unique expressions from whisky-makers all over the world. As a reminder, these…

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Tasting Scandinavian Whiskies from The Whisky Exchange

By Christopher Null | August 3, 2022 |

One of the best whisky retailers in the world is The Whisky Exchange — and one of the retailer’s best product lines are its “Perfect Measure” sampler sets, which consist of numerous 30ml bottles of whiskies that you will likely have a hard time finding in any format, anywhere. Recently the company sent me a…

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Review: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Collection 2020 Advent Calendar

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2020 |

One whisky a day pulled from an Advent calendar during December? Well that’s one way to make the holidays go by more quickly, if that’s your jam. You’ll find lots of these kits to choose from during the season, with offerings generally ranging from 12 to 25 small whisky samples designed to be parsed out…

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Review: Motörhead Whisky

By Christopher Null | August 18, 2017 |

R.I.P. Lemmy. The man behind Motörhead may be gone, but this whisky produced in honor of the 40th anniversary of the band he created (1975-2015, when Lemmy Kilmister passed away) — or rather “40 years of eardrum crushing” — is still with us. Produced by Sweden’s Mackmyra, it is a Swedish single malt aged in bourbon barrels…

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Hven Organic Winter Schnapps HR

Review: The Spirits of Sweden’s Spirit of Hven

By Christopher Null | January 20, 2014 |

The Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn Distillery, or simply “Hven,” can be found on a small island wedged between Sweden and Denmark (it’s part of Sweden). Hven, pronounced “venn,” was established in 2008 as part of the new guard of Scandinavian distilleries, where it produces a variety of white and brown spirits, including some seasonal schnapps (for…

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Review: Mackmyra Swedish Whisky “The First Edition”

By Christopher Null | January 11, 2013 |

I’m married to a Swede, but this is — amazingly — my first Swedish whisky. Sweden has a fairly young history as a whisky producer — only nine distilleries are operating in the country now, all but one (Mackmyra, reviewed here) having been founded in the 2000s. Mackmyra is the country’s most notable producer to…

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