Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 40%)


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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.   
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery

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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
Albert
Albert,
Great taste.. easy drinking
 
Abel
Abel,
A go-to. Such a friendly dram.
 
Donald
Donald,
You can find it everywhere and it’s $35 and taste great in a cocktail. The heat is perfect on this so easy to drink with rich flavors.
 
Steve
Steve,
Yes! Yes! Smooth as f***
 
Michael
Michael,
Yes indeed! Fantastic for the price.
 
guest
guest,
Yes
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Good if you’re on a budget. Otherwise spend $20 more and get something with a lot more depth.
 
Owen
Owen,
Smooth, no real kick
 
Andrew
Andrew,
An easy drinking introduction to Scotch for the uninitiated, and for the more experienced looking for a tasty dram. At its current price point there's no reason not to keep a bottle on hand.
 
Leanna
Leanna,
Not a fan. It's good in a cocktail, but I wouldn't drink it straight. Tastes almost musty, and not very smooth. Great price though
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Amazing very smooth an lite some caramel and lite fruit notes
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very drinkable, nice finish. Sweet and smooth with just enough oak and peat. Can’t beat the price for this one
 
guest
guest,
Great blended scotch
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and great aftertaste
 
Eric
Eric,
This is a smooth scotch with a hint of spice that you taste in the finish. Definitely worth trying.
 
Doug
Doug,
Clean and inoffensive initially, but adding just a touch of ice kicked open the door for a lot of the flavors.
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy, complex and a great value.
 
guest
guest,
Great starter. Smooth. Inexpensive
 
Levi
Levi,
This stuff has some decent spiciness that stood out. Very good quality for the very low price.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Some nice peat flavor to it - not too sweet. Nice over ice.
 
Eric
Eric,
I have really enjoyed this Scotch. It is incredibly smooth but finishes with a pleasant spiciness.
 
Scott
Scott,
a smoother easy blend of caramel and other fruits
 
Matthew
Matthew,
One of my must have blendeds. The long pipe tobacco finish keeps me coming back.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Love this Whisky, easy to drink with excellent flavor.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Very easy to drink. I get butterscotch on the nose and taste. Easily one of my favorites.
 
Wilhelm
Wilhelm,
Sehr angenehm und süffig
 
James
James,
Caramel and vanilla in the aroma. Followed a slight smoke, pepper, and woody dryness. The finish is sweet which I perceive as vanilla. For the money this is a solid drinkable scotch. Perfect for every day and special events.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
I liked the flavors they were working with but still not as smooth as I would like at this point in my scotch journey.
 
Tom
Tom,
It was average to good with sweet tones of caramel.
 
Robert
Robert,
One of my favorite Scotches. Super Smooth, hint of Caramel, a little oaky flavor.... I think Im going to go have some right now.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Had an amazing aroma. The drink itself was stiff but smooth. Makes a good whiskey sour too.
 
guest
guest,
Peachy plum smell, sourly aftertaste
 
Jason
Jason,
Monkey Shoulder is a great beginners scotch, and for a reasonable price.
 
Tim
Tim,
For the price, one of the best whiskeys on the market. This is a great intro to someone new to scotch or new to blends
 
Marc
Marc,
Very nice. Smooth. It was pitched to me as a much less expensive alternative to Walker Blue, which is a far cry, but still a very good blend. I’ve only tried it neat.
 
guest
guest,
First scotch I tried and never looked back from there. I make sure I always have a bottle of Monkey Shoulder at home.
 
John
John,
A nice blend with a slight bite. Definitely a nice sipping whiskey if you’re starting to venture out from the mass produced ones people think are good. This whiskey made my transition into exploring different whiskeys and appreciating distinct flavors. Forever abandoned the mixer whiskeys, Jack Daniel’s, Wild Turkey and Jameson, from there on.
 
James
James,
Great friendly and approachable scotch. Definitely one I reach for to introduce a friend to whiskey.
 
Derek
Derek,
Very nice, especially for the price!
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Could taste some vanilla and a hit of smoke but not much more than that. Easy to drink. Overall not bad for the price
 
Eric
Eric,
Solid economical Scotch.
 
guest
guest,
Budget but still not bad at all
 
Dave
Dave,
OK for a budget whiskey to keep around for guests
 
Jasson
Jasson,
Here in the states, it retails for around $35 - and there are plenty of bottles that cost $70 that aren't as tasty as Monkey Shoulder. Discovered it a few years ago, and it's been my go-to blended. Well worth a try if you haven't had it.
 
guest
guest,
A little grainy
 
Michael
Michael,
I may have just found my new favorite blend. This is incredibly smooth and an affordable representative of good Speyside malts. I keep going back for more. This will have a permanent place on my shelf.
 
guest
guest,
Meh
 
Nicolas
Nicolas,
Nice whisky and good value for money, at least in Spain. Pretty smooth and great to make other people discover whiskys.
 
Chase
Chase,
A very nice go to for a day to day scotch or trying out a budget friendly blend. Nothing very complex about this one. It's a bit lighter flavored with light smoky hints. Nice to try and very budget friendly.
 
guest
guest,
But again!
 
Jim
Jim,
The old saying " Good scotch is not cheap and cheap scotch is not good" Definitely applies here. Might be good for mixing but definitely not something I prefer to drink neat
 
guest
guest,
This is the first bottle of Scotch Whisky that I purchased. So good.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Smooth and sweet! Lots of Malt, honey, and orange marmalade. A super easy drinking scotch and the perfect starter bottle.
 
Devin
Devin,
Loved it so much that I couldn’t stop drinking it and it was a great time
 
Richard
Richard,
Very much and everyday or any day scotch. Smooth with a nice finish
 
Ryan
Ryan,
First Scotch I’ve seriously tried. It was surprisingly light. Don’t remember much else cause I had it a long time ago.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
A rare blend malt. The only other I've ever seen would be Johnnie Walker Green and this scotch is definitely on par with that powerhouse of the scotch world.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I agree with Jeremy. I was not impressed with this Scotch. Love the name, but found the taste and bite not to my liking.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
It’s advertised as a mixing whisky. It’s not one I would drink by itself and is very dissatisfying.
 
Robert
Robert,
This is one my Favorites. Great oak barrel flavor at the end. Not too harsh but enough. This one will stay in my collection for sure.
 
Michael
Michael,
Got turned on to this wiskey by watching wiskey vault. I seem to have a similar problem as then when it comes to this wiskey..... It disappears too fast.
 
Scott
Scott,
Not bad for a cheap bottle, but relatively uninteresting and had too much bite in the finish
 
Nejc
Nejc,
Good starting taste but at the end goes little flat. good choice for cocktails
 
James
James,
Now I see what's possible when you blend 3 different Scotches of my particular liking.
 
Brian
Brian,
Can't get into this. Another popular one I can't pick flavors on. Spicey, water makes worse. Not very complex.
 
DAVID
DAVID,
Not a bad whisky at all. Smooth, Smooth Short notes, maybe a hint of vanilla, banana, caramel. Great for mixer, on the rocks. Went well with a Cigar.
 
Duane
Duane,
Not a bad find.
 
guest
guest,
Just love that banana
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Great go-to for a good price!
 
Rashid
Rashid,
Father in law let me try this at his carribean party and I fell in love! It is my go to drink. I sip it with my cigars. I gave a bottle to my son upon his graduation from college. Turns out to be his favorite! I guess good taste runs in the family!!
 
guest
guest,
Неплохо. Легко и непринужденно.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Traditionally I prefer Lagavulin, but as a smooth substitute this is nice. Cheers to all!
 
Angelina
Angelina,
Monkey shoulder one of my go to. My home bar will never be with out it! the flavors and notes you can get from Monkey shoulder is endless and different every time, Orange, lime, bananas, cinnamon
 
Brian
Brian,
One of go-tos
 
billy
billy,
Very nice smokiness to this lower end scotch. It is a good one to start into scotch on.
 
Jodi
Jodi,
Surprisingly good. Smooth and satisfying. A good inexpensive blended that’s easy to love.
 
Max
Max,
Vanilla and caramel notes. Mild and non offensive
 
Mikel
Mikel,
Not impressive but you get what you pay for. This isn't to say it's bad but it's not scotch I would drink neat, this is something i would make a cocktail with.
 
Brian
Brian,
Well balanced scotch. Nothing to brag about, but not bad to sip.
 
Sean
Sean,
Nice smooth taste. Mild finish.
 
Karen
Karen,
OK but nothing at all special. I would not introduce with it because it is so unexciting I do not believe it would lure anyone into the world of scotch further. OTOH, if you want to make some cocktails this would be perfectly acceptable and is indeed why I keep it around. Not offensive, nothing exciting and no particular flavor profile beyond that.
 
guest
guest,
Gute Nase, Standard Geschmack. Mittlerer Nachbrand. Glasgow Airport, 5/18
 
Eric
Eric,
Friendly and easy to drink. Perfect for people new to whisk(e)y. Buttery banana, some butterscotch, mild honey and some light fruit (stewed apricots?).
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Sweet, lots of banana
 
Mark
Mark,
An ok blended scotch, that won’t break the bank. Are there better choices? Absolutely.
 
Bianca
Bianca,
Friendly and easy to drink. Perfect for sipping. Sweet and fruity, some butterscotch.
 
guest
guest,
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
 
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.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
TOP shelf for cocktails, makes a fantastic old fashioned
 
guest
guest,
Nice one to start with
 
Dan
Dan,
Too strong a chemical flavour Definitely shows its price bracket Poor for a scotch
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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
 
guest
guest,
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
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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!
 
guest
guest,
Best blend I've had. Actually bought it for the bottle. Glad the bottle is empty. They'll make more.
 
guest
guest,
Very easy to drink
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Very drinkable. Nothing outstanding, just a solid blend.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth.
 
guest
guest,
Great taste, very delicate but at the same time intense!
 
Robbie
Robbie,
Smooth taste at an affordable price.
 
guest
guest,
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
 
guest
guest,
Surprisingly smooth. Great value.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth for blended malt...good value
 
guest
guest,
Smooth trippel malt, with hints of Balvenie.
 
guest
guest,
Works amazing in my old fashioned
 
Grant
Grant,
Smooth and easy going
 
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