It’s time for the third and ultimate version of Muckety-Muck, the well-aged single grain Scotch whisky in Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Mission. What began at 24 years outdated after which hit 25 is now retiring on the ripe outdated age of 26. As with its forebears, that is outdated Port Dundas, bottled with a pig and tartan motif and a very bizarre identify.
One yr older and one other tick up in proof, from 90 to 91 to 92 during the last three years, the whisky isn’t precisely tearing up expectations however reasonably slowly iterating on what it’s accomplished prior to now. However perhaps that additional yr and that additional 1/2 % alcohol have had some type of impression, nevertheless small, as this does certainly come throughout like a slight completely different, barely higher whisky than we’ve seen earlier than.
The nostril of brown sugar and butterscotch is anticipated, with mild baking spices and a mild nuttiness backing it up. More energizing and fewer cereal-heavy than prior renditions, the whisky has a liveliness that feels proper at dwelling with its sweeter, nougaty fragrant profile. Altogether it feels extra expressive and interesting than the comparatively tame 25 yr outdated.
The palate right here feels prefer it’s working in lockstep, modest sweetness setting the stage for notes of shortbread cookies, cinnamon sugar, a contact of molasses, and, finally, a toasted breakfast cereal observe. That nutty high quality takes on an Almond Pleasure character right here, resulting in a barely drying end that hints at a grind of pepper to steadiness out a number of the extra sugary, although by no means overblown, components.
It’s a becoming farewell for the collection — clearly one of the best of the bunch — and I’ve to say I’m unhappy to see it go. Would have been great to see Muckety-Muck at 27 years outdated — and 93 proof, natch.
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