The story of Mackmyra was undoubtedly inspired by Scottish whisky when Dandanell and friends asked the question ‘why is there not a Swedish whisky’. By 1999 the team had a license from the Swedish authorities to distil whisky. They were not entering the business of whisky distillation in ‘gung ho’ manner but in a typical Scandinavian way, calculated and always careful to minimise risk. The pilot distillery contained a small boiler capable of producing 100 litres of spirit which left them just 30litres to put in a barrel. This is when they realised those smaller casks would benefit the trial period, not only allowing them to start the maturation process but also smaller cask and the close contact with the wood would speed up the maturation process. The 30 litre casks remain popular and Mackmyra sells these to individual buyers today.
After 3 years of trial and error Dandanell and company were satisfied they had mastered the basics and had produced a quality product they were ready to bring Swedish whisky to the masses. Significant investment was sought and the pilot distillery was replaced by a larger whisky distillery. The pilot whisky distillery is now on an island outside Stockholm as part of a museum. The new distillery has stills from Speyside, Scotland and German mash tun and washbacks.
Mackmyra now produce two types of single malt Swedish whisky one a smoky (probably to reflect the fashion for Islay single malt whisky in Sweden) single malt the other more modelled on Speyside with a fruity and smooth nature.