Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

Monkey Shoulder

Blended Scotch Whisky

(0.7l, 40%)


7.6/10
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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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vanilla
orange zest
bitter oak
malty
spicy
cinnamon
sweet
floral
zesty
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

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,
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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