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Old Buck Private Cask Tasting

We have a local whisky appreciation community in Turku region. It’s called “Viskiryhmä Turku” and it has its own group in Facebook. On April 10th of 2019 there was an offer posted on the group, spotted from Brewery Restaurant Beer Hunter’s Facebook profile. Beer Hunter’s is the home of first Finnish single malt called Old Buck.

In that post, the makers of Old Buck were offering private casks of their locally famous single malt whisky. An offer, no whisky aficionado could refuse! They had a selection of eight 200 liter Ex-Bourbon casks and eight 65 liter Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks. Both, peated and unpeated spirits were available.

We, at our local whisky club, almost instantly made a decision to buy a 65 liter Sherry Firgin cask filled with peated spirit. The thought of getting our hands on our very own private cask Old Buck felt exciting. Especially when there was peated sherry cask matured version available – that’s an exotic Old Buck for sure.

2021 – ready to be sampled

On 27th of November 2021, when the spirit had been resting for almost two and a half years in its sherry home, it was time to taste it. We decided to take a mini bus from Turku to Pori, to see what the father of Old Buck, master distiller Mika Tuhkanen had been cooking.

Tasting happened at Old Buck’s home turf, Brewery Restaurant Beer Hunter’s. Mika was present, it was an honor to have him with us. And it’s always exciting to hear stories about whisky making. Mika surely had lots of stories to share.

It was fascinating to hear that our very own Old Buck was most likely one of the last whiskies completely produced at their small brewery warehouse. Nowadays they have a bigger production site nearby their brewery restaurant.

Old Buck Private Cask Tasting
Proud owners of private cask Old Buck, with master distiller Mika Tuhkanen.

Tasting Notes

Matured in:
Ex-Sherry Firgin Casks
Distilled:
4th of June 2019
Bottled for sampling:
27th of November 2021
ABV:
Approx. 64-65%
Colour:
Dark amber
Nose:
Starts with mild, dry bananas. Peat and hints of smoke comes very late.
Taste:
Immediate attack of sweet, full flavors. Body is quite thick already. The force of sugary cereal is very strong in this one.
Finish:
Very dry and acid, quite full and very sweet. Lots of grapefruits and sugar.
Balance:
Very promising young prospect, looking forward for the bottled product, my very own Old Buck!

Score

87
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
20
23
23
21
Distillery: Beer Hunter’s Region: Pori, Finland

Old offer sheets of private casks (in Finnish)

Old Buck Private Cask Offer Sheet page 1
Old Buck Private Cask Offer Sheet page 2
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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