I think it’s safe to say that any opinions you may have had about the 24 year old version of this whiskey are equally valid at 25 (and 0.5% higher abv). Grainy and leathery on the nose, there’s a gentle note of pepper that rides along with lemon peel and a touch of buttered rum batter, adding some texture — though the underlying cereal does a lot of the talking.
As expected, the palate has more going on. Quite sweet and chewy, with brown butter and spiced nuts leading into a vanilla-scented sugar cookie dough character. The body’s quite creamy and clean, the experience short on nuance but heavy on expression, concluding with a sunny squeeze of lemon, maybe some tangerine, and a layer of butterscotch candies.
I don’t have any more of the 24 year old Muckety-Muck on hand to taste these side by side, but looking back at my very similar notes — sans any hint of smokiness this time around — I’m confident that the most noteworthy change with this release is its price (an extra $25).