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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky
Nice smooth taste. Mild finish.
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.
Gute Nase, Standard Geschmack. Mittlerer Nachbrand.
Glasgow Airport, 5/18
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?).
Sweet, lots of banana
An ok blended scotch, that won’t break the bank. Are there better choices? Absolutely.
Friendly and easy to drink. Perfect for sipping. Sweet and fruity, some butterscotch.
Smooth and lovely with an excellent finish
Definitely worth trying. Good blend of scotch and whiskey, can’t beat the price. It’s a staple in my home bar.
Not bad at all
Great quality for the price! Lovely vanilla citrus nose
Very smooth. Great on the rocks and to make an old fashioned.
Very good. First hit is aroma of banana, smooth finish, sweet overall
An affordable blend worthy of drinking neat with a delectable hint of caramel.
My go-to drinker and it is smooth and clean fruity
Bits of orange zest and vanilla. Not overly complex. Strong spicy alcoholic finish.
Sweet and friendly.
Harsh only good as mixer
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
Amazing scotch for the price
Very smooth, start to finish. A good blend overall.
Great party drink. A little insipid aftertaste. Strong spicy alcoholic finish.
Very smooth. First scotch I've ever tried actually. Recommended by friend. I'm still warming up to scotch in general.
Nice beginner whiskey. Very friendly and sweet With a slight bite
This scotch is amazing. It’s smooth yet has great oak flavor. Very surprising for a blend. This is a top favorite for me.
Underrated, a little hot
Had an amazing aroma. The drink itself was stiff but smooth. Makes a good whiskey sour too.
Very surprising for a blend but 3 good distilleries came together for this. Flowers (hibiscus?) for the nose with spicy vanilla for the tongue.
Spice and vanilla smooth finish as well
Learning to enjoy this. As I get better, this gets better.
Just a good and easy to drink scotch
Go to blended malt. Exceptionally smooth.
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.
Smooth, goes down way too easy. Good thing it isn't very expensive.
Super smooth and velvety. Good balanced whisky!
A good scotch but not as good as some.
Smooth and a good finish
Nose is orange and oaky. Taste of strong honey.
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.
Very smooth blend. Better than most.
My guest love it
Отличный баланс. Всё в меру. Прекрасный подарок неискушённым гостям.
TOP shelf for cocktails, makes a fantastic old fashioned
Nice one to start with
Too strong a chemical flavour
Definitely shows its price bracket
Poor for a scotch
Smooth nice taste
Smooth, nice blended
A nice blend. It has some heat up front but it doesn't last. I REALLY enjoyed the nose. Very pleasant.
Very smooth and vanilla.
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?
Fantastic daily sipper.
Excellent for the price.
A little raw, but powerful. A good starter.
Für'n Blend vorzüglich!!!
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.
Smooth, strong, beautiful
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.
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.
Very smooth and enjoyable. Is now one of my favorites
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.
Spicy front, smooth finish. Well balanced blend and a great value
Love this...very smooth and easy to drink. Enjoying every dram out of the bottle.
Beautiful smell, and a great taste
Very nice balance from a scotch in this range. I'm really a bourbon drinker and could have this in my cabinet.
For a scotch at this price point, this is a job well done
Love it.. price and taste are very hard to beat.. you can pay a lot more and still get a lot less!
Best blend I've had. Actually bought it for the bottle. Glad the bottle is empty. They'll make more.
Very easy to drink
Very drinkable. Nothing outstanding, just a solid blend.
Great taste, very delicate but at the same time intense!
Smooth taste at an affordable price.
My second favourite!!
simple but acceptable
Awesome blended (says a whiskey drinker that doesn't drink blended)