Before every batch, 1500 kg malt is opened and sieved, and dirt and stones are removed by blowing air in from underneath. The malt is collected and allowed to fall to Floor 5.
gravity distillery - floor by floor
The first environmentally-friendly distillery in the world.
At Mackmyra we strive to make our whisky in as modern, efficient, visitor-friendly and environmentally-friendly a way as possible. To achieve this aim, we decided to build the world’s most climate-smart distillery. In 2011, our Gravity Distillery was finally ready.
Standing 35 metres tall, as the name suggests this building makes use of gravity throughout the whisky-making process. It was designed by the architects TEA whose mission it was to imbue the building with a character that captures the essence of Mackmyra: playfulness, sensuality and qualitative production.
Climate Smart Distillation
2019 marked 20 years since we began to challenge the traditional whisky establishment and put Sweden on the international whisky map – a journey that has just begun. Our spirits are created with Swedish ingredients, a climate-smart distillation technique and a big portion of patience – giving it a unique whisky expression.
THE PROCESS - FLOOR BY FLOOR
FLOORS 7 & 6 – CLEANING AND SIEVING
FLOOR 5 – ROLLER MILL
After sieving, the malt is milled in a roller mill in for different milling grades: fine malt, medium-milled, semi-coarse and coarse. After the stage the milled malt falls to into milled-malt pockets.
FLOOR 4 – MASH TUN
FLOOR 3 – FERMENTATION ROOM
FLOOR 2 – DISTILLATION
Now finally, it is time to get really involved. The first runnings from distillation are called foreshots (or heads) and consist mostly of highly volatile, unusable alcohol and impurities. This is fed back into the intermediate tank. Then comes “the heart” – the part of the distillation that is used to fill the casks. The heart is collected in a separate tank called “the middle tank”.