Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Muckety-Muck Single Grain Scotch 25 Years Old

Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Muckety-Muck Single Grain Scotch 25 Years Old

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project featured a 24 year old single grain Scotch last year. Now Muckety-Muck returns as a 25 year old — same Port Dundas stock, same pig-inspired name, just one year older.

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).

91 proof.

B+ / $250 / orphanbarrel.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Muckety-Muck Single Grain Scotch 25 Years Old

$250
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

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