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Issue 131 - Closing the Gap

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015


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Closing the Gap

Europe is right behind

With stiff mentalities surrounding whisky shifting and opening the borders to new approaches, techniques and expressions, we find Europe producing great liquid inspired by Scottish, American or local heritage. Although it all began by observing their neighbours, European whisky has character, originality and unique identity. We travel to Sweden, Netherlands and France to discover three distilleries which have inspired me to create bespoke libations.

We begin at Mackmyra, a young distillery which was founded in 2002 in Sweden by a group of friends intent on manufacturing local malt whisky. The products they have since created have had a roaring success. With their sixth special release, Mackmyra Special 6 Summer Meadow, they have successfully created a light yet boastful dram which has been matured in ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks. Inspired by the classical Champagne Cocktail, I combined the soft spiced honey from the Flaggpunsch, with the light nuttiness from the whisky. To accentuate the vanillin, I added a few dashes of Tiki bitters to complement the drink with allspice and cinnamon. As a final ingredient, a long pour of Champagne adds depth, elegance and softness to a floral, nutty and fruity dram: the Meadow Fizz.

Next, we go to Zuidam, a distillery based in the Netherlands founded in 1975. From their genevers to the whisky they produce, the quality, consistency and originality of their liquids has continuously amazed me. One of the expressions which has always been an...

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