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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

12th Dec 2017


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky
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  • Taste
  • Finish
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I bought a bottle of this on recommendation. It is a blended malt whisky from 3 different Speyside distilleries. Those 3 distilleries do change apparently depending on what is available. Monkey Shoulder itself is a medical issue developed by malt men who turned the malted barely by hand.

It is decanted and is my decoy to distract certain people away from my other whisky.

Nose: Orange peel, vanilla, raspberry, apricot jam. Not at all displeasing but it's a bit bitey even at the lowest possible abv.

Palate: Apricot jam. Orange peel. Vanilla. Apricot is the dominant flavor here. Very sweet, almost artificially so.

Finish: Citrus fruit, orange peel, vanilla, apricot. Same as the nose and palate.

Overall: It's fine. Sweet apricot jam and orange juice. The nose, palate, and finish are all the same and there isn't much complexity.

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Nozinan commented

If the workers turned the malt more than just "barely" it might have hurt more...

6 years ago 0

casualtorture commented

@Nozinan haha oops, I'm leaving it like that though it's the only entertaining part of this review.

6 years ago 3Who liked this?

MadSingleMalt commented

Good decoy whisky!

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@casualtorture I guess we can put you in the No column. I've never tried it, but it's now well out of the top 100 on my wish list. Sounds "barely" drinkable.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

MadSingleMalt commented

I had it once and didn't like it at all.

Granted, it was a hot summer day and I wasn't really in the mood for whisky, but it was offered (and who can say no?). But that one glass I had was just heavy and lifeless.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

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