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- Brand: Panimoravintola Beer Hunter's
- ABV: 53.7%
Old Buck VYS is a 4 year old peated single malt made specially for the 2 year anniversary of Viskinystävien Seura = VYS (Friend's of Whisky Society).
Matured in Jack Daniel's barrel and apparently only one barrel available. A real microdistillery product, like Old Buck's always are. But only one barrel made sounds very rare. The cask has also been used for stout maturing.
This is probably the most unique whisky, I've tasted. Talking about the palate too. It is as unique as Finnish detective movie series called Vares. To be exact, like V2 – Frozen Angel, the second Vares movie. Which was located in Pori. And is full of dryness and rough spots. Just like Old Buck VYS.
Nose: Starts with tropical fruits and fermented green fruits, mostly apples. Burnt peat and bourbon corn feel for a brief moment, then back to tropic. Finally, the rising of grapefruit and huge acidity. Like a very hoppy Indian Pale Ale.
Taste: First, a feel of burning dark sugar, which turns into very dry and acid. Like a hoppy pale ale with cactus notes.
Finish: Unfortunately, quick and too dry for my taste. Hints of barley and peat.
Balance: Amazingly unique palate and the nose is stunning. Fast and dry finish lowers the score.