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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

The Kininvie escapologist

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@FrostReview by @Frost

25th Oct 2015


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky
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Vatting of three young Speysiders: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. This is a blended malt that has been marketted at cocktail bars to young hipsters with shallow pockets. This works well as a neat sipper, but club goers drink more a cocktail right?

Nose: Vanilla, oak, banana, brown sugar, nuts, pear

Taste: Crème brulee, pears, grassy, oak, tannin

Finish: Dry, vanilla, crème brulee, white pepper, bitter oak, slight peat - very slight

The nose is the most pleasant aspect of this dram. I wont go as far to say the rest is a disappointment by comparison, but it nearly is, I blame this on the watery nature of the dram. This is good value and nicer than many a common blend.

Where is the Kininvie? I don't know exactly, it's swimming with youthful Balvenie and Glenfiddich.

BTW this whisky has "no legs" and it annoys me to see droplets all around my Glencairn. Talk about wasted youth.

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ABV commented

Neat thing about Monkey Shoulder, I absolutely drink it as a neat sipper, however if you mix one part Tanqueray to two parts Monkey Shoulder and add ice, won't hurt it, you'd swear you were drinking an olive martini, plain and simple. No shaking, straining, or fancy dress required. My fav gin Blue Sapphire does not give the olive effect. Tanqueray.

8 years ago 0

ABV commented

OlJas, thanks for the heads up, very good to know!

8 years ago 0

Frost commented

@Ol_Jas thank you for the link and information. Really interesting about the casks and flexibility with the 3 x Speysiders

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