Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)


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$34.99
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OK … I’ll say it … Monkey Shoulder doesn’t monkey around, so if you like Highland malts, this Speyside Trifecta is for you.  

Monkey Shoulder has nothing to do with actual monkeys … which might be a little disappointing, right?  I mean, how cool would a Scotch-drinking monkey be? “Angus!  Your monkey got in me liquor cabinet again, the cheeky bastard!” Anyway, the term “monkey shoulder” refers to the stooped shoulders of the men who used to turn the malt by hand with large shovels. The Whiskey name tips a hat to those old, hearty blokes.   
 
Monkey Shoulder is owned by William Grant and Sons… and it seems that they own a little piece of everything in the Highlands. Monkey Shoulder is a stand-alone product, which brings us to the special magic of the whiskey itself.   
 
It’s no secret that large spirit companies segment their products. They run their individual distilleries and package the premium single malts as independent brands. All of the “non-premium” product is shuffled off to blending houses for entry-level use. Hey, it’s all good, we get it.  But what happens when you have some of your best, most highly-prized single malts producing a lot of the really good stuff … stuff too good for the bottom shelf and discount bins?   
 
Monkey Shoulder is officially a “Triple Malt.”  This means that it is NOT a random amalgamation of whatever is on hand. This is a special blend of the premium Whiskies from ONLY Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and the Kininvie distilleries. It other words, it is a blend of three winners … a Speyside Trifecta of consistent Highland awesomeness. WAY too good to think of as a anything less than the premium quality product that it most certainly is.   
 

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  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    William Grant

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orange zest
vanilla
spicy
floral
burnished
zesty
cinnamon
marmelade
clove
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color  
Burnished Copper   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell  
Spicy wood, floral vanilla, and orange zest  
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Mexican vanilla and mulling spices  
 
Finish   
Smooth with a lingering
Ratings & Reviews
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth and lovely with an excellent finish
 
Mike
Mike,
Definitely worth trying. Good blend of scotch and whiskey, can’t beat the price. It’s a staple in my home bar.
 
Ray
Ray,
Not bad at all
 
Lou
Lou,
Great quality for the price! Lovely vanilla citrus nose
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very smooth. Great on the rocks and to make an old fashioned.
 
Holly
Holly,
Very good. First hit is aroma of banana, smooth finish, sweet overall
 
Cassandra
Cassandra,
An affordable blend worthy of drinking neat with a delectable hint of caramel.
 
Dan
Dan,
My go-to drinker and it is smooth and clean fruity
 
Jason
Jason,
Bits of orange zest and vanilla. Not overly complex. Strong spicy alcoholic finish.
 
Tommy
Tommy,
Sweet and friendly.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Harsh only good as mixer
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Honestly this is one of the nicest blended whiskys I’ve come across. I have it over ice. Wonderful nose, I tasted banana at first with a little bit of spice like clove. Afterwards you get a bit of woody sweetness that does not linger and leaves you wanting more
 
Brian
Brian,
Amazing scotch for the price
 
Monica
Monica,
Very smooth, start to finish. A good blend overall.
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Great party drink. A little insipid aftertaste. Strong spicy alcoholic finish.
 
Chris
Chris,
Very smooth. First scotch I've ever tried actually. Recommended by friend. I'm still warming up to scotch in general.
 
Charles
Charles,
Smokey. Smooth
 
Nathaniel
Nathaniel,
Nice beginner whiskey. Very friendly and sweet With a slight bite
 
Chris
Chris,
This scotch is amazing. It’s smooth yet has great oak flavor. Very surprising for a blend. This is a top favorite for me.
 
Myles
Myles,
Underrated, a little hot
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Had an amazing aroma. The drink itself was stiff but smooth. Makes a good whiskey sour too.
 
JOSE
JOSE,
Very surprising for a blend but 3 good distilleries came together for this. Flowers (hibiscus?) for the nose with spicy vanilla for the tongue.
 
Larry
Larry,
Spice and vanilla smooth finish as well
 
Shane
Shane,
Learning to enjoy this. As I get better, this gets better.
 
Tanner
Tanner,
Just a good and easy to drink scotch
 
Tom
Tom,
Go to blended malt. Exceptionally smooth.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Great blend and taste. Smooth with a pinch of peat. Great for mixers, straight up neat and a nip from a flask on trail. Especially for the price point.
 
Mike
Mike,
Smooth, goes down way too easy. Good thing it isn't very expensive.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Super smooth and velvety. Good balanced whisky!
 
Dr
Dr,
A good scotch but not as good as some.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth and a good finish
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Nose is orange and oaky. Taste of strong honey.
 
Brian
Brian,
Like this one. Very smooth. It was hard to find locally (Colorado Springs), with only one or two places stocking it. 2nd place of the whiskeys Ive owned thus far.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Great blend.
 
Bob
Bob,
Very smooth blend. Better than most.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
My guest love it
 
Denis
Denis,
Отличный баланс. Всё в меру. Прекрасный подарок неискушённым гостям.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
TOP shelf for cocktails, makes a fantastic old fashioned
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Nice one to start with
 
Dan
Dan,
Too strong a chemical flavour Definitely shows its price bracket Poor for a scotch
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth nice taste
 
Damon
Damon,
Smooth, nice blended
 
Rob
Rob,
A nice blend. It has some heat up front but it doesn't last. I REALLY enjoyed the nose. Very pleasant.
 
Jason
Jason,
Very smooth and vanilla.
 
Vic
Vic,
Let me first start by saying I am generally not a Scotch drinker--that said, I will tell you this is THE first Scotch I enjoyed when being exposed to a variety of types. I have hidden away what looks like one serving . . . one I will not be sharing. I also love the character of the bottle and the three monkeys?
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Fantastic daily sipper.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Excellent for the price.
 
Enoch
Enoch,
A little raw, but powerful. A good starter.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Für'n Blend vorzüglich!!!
 
Jason
Jason,
I simply love this Scotch. It is most-certainly in my top 5, for sure. It's description is accurate. Enjoy the ride. I'm sure you''l wish you purchased two bottles.
 
richard
richard,
real nice
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Smooth, strong, beautiful
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Average
 
Ken
Ken,
I was pleased with the smoothness of this whisky. For the price I think this is one of the better blends I have tried. I would suggest it to most to try out.
 
Mary
Mary,
I have kept this one around for years as my mixing scotch. I can drink it neat, but I'm more likely to pull this bottle out if I'm adding something else to the glass.
 
cullen
cullen,
Very smooth and enjoyable. Is now one of my favorites
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Excellent
 
Hartmut
Hartmut,
This is the first blended scotch whisky I ever tried, and I liked it a lot. Great taste and very smooth. Definitely going to buy some more.
 
Barry
Barry,
Spicy front, smooth finish. Well balanced blend and a great value
 
Andy
Andy,
Love this...very smooth and easy to drink. Enjoying every dram out of the bottle.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Beautiful smell, and a great taste
 
Darryl
Darryl,
Very nice balance from a scotch in this range. I'm really a bourbon drinker and could have this in my cabinet.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
For a scotch at this price point, this is a job well done
 
Todd
Todd,
Love it.. price and taste are very hard to beat.. you can pay a lot more and still get a lot less!
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Best blend I've had. Actually bought it for the bottle. Glad the bottle is empty. They'll make more.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Very easy to drink
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Very drinkable. Nothing outstanding, just a solid blend.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smooth.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Great taste, very delicate but at the same time intense!
 
Robbie
Robbie,
Smooth taste at an affordable price.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
My second favourite!!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
simple but acceptable
 
Jonas
Jonas,
Awesome blended (says a whiskey drinker that doesn't drink blended)
 
Mark
Mark,
A very pleasant slightly fruity tipple
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Surprisingly smooth. Great value.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smooth for blended malt...good value
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth trippel malt, with hints of Balvenie.
 
anonymous
anonymous,
Works amazing in my old fashioned
 
Grant
Grant,
Smooth and easy going
 
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