Orphan Barrel "Muckety Muck" 26 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky
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Notes about the Whisky:
The Port Dundas Distillery was established in 1810 and gave the world two centuries of exceptional whisky. Although Port Dundas closed its doors in 2010, there are rare remaining stocks that provide a glimpse into the past of one of Scotland’s most respected distilleries.
This 26-year-old whisky is one of those rare remaining stocks and is the third release in the Muckety-Muck series – a masterful blend that pays homage to the previous releases yet possesses a distinct profile on its own.
The aroma starts with a burst of caramel, fudge and baked sugar, backed by hints of fresh fruit and berries. On the palate, butterscotch vanilla combines with notes of toasted oak and a light fruity taste to carry through the finish.
"The nose of brown sugar and butterscotch is expected, with light baking spices and a gentle nuttiness backing it up. Fresher and less cereal-heavy than prior renditions, the whisky has a liveliness that feels right at home with its sweeter, nougaty aromatic profile. Altogether it feels more expressive and engaging than the relatively tame 25 year old. The palate here feels like it’s working in lockstep, modest sweetness setting the stage for notes of shortbread cookies, cinnamon sugar, a touch of molasses, and, eventually, a toasted breakfast cereal note. That nutty quality takes on an Almond Joy character here, leading to a slightly drying finish that hints at a grind of pepper to balance out some of the more sugary, though never overblown, elements. It’s a fitting farewell for the series — clearly the best of the bunch — and I have to say I’m sad to see it go." - Drinkhacker (Grade: A-)
"Dried orange disc, baked sugar, dried fruit, stewed apple and bramble, mixed peel, and mild oak spice aromas. The flavors encompass baked apple with sugar, ground pepper, orange peel, and ground almond, then glacé cherry and Bakewell tart as the pepperiness ramps up. The grain whisky nature is more apparent in the mouthfeel and texture than the flavors, but this doesn’t quite match the buttery mouthfeel of last year’s release." - Whisky Advocate