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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

Whisky made for mixing, or for masking?

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

28th Feb 2021


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: mildly fruity, with some vanilla. Soft orange notes, delicate florals, and a bit of wood. Not unpleasant, but not very expressive either.

Taste: medium-bodied. Sweet at first, then quickly drying up and moving toward bitterness. Under-ripe banana. No real development here; "flat" is the word which springs to mind.

Finish: Echoes of orange can't save it from the bitter bite.

Balance: 100% malt whisky made for mixing, according to the website. Is that just a way of saying, this is not good enough to stand up on its own? Or is there something about this whisky which is supposed to make it a superior mixer compared to, say, Grant's Family Reserve or Teachers? I suspect the former is the case. I've tried it in a few mixed drinks and while it isn't terrible, I would hardly call it a first-rate mixer either. The lack of development and the bitter finish hamper it either way. I expected something a little more drinkable than this, in any case.

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casualtorture commented

Completely agree with you on this one.

3 years ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

I totally agree with your assessment. People always tell me “yeah but name me a better scotch for the price” and for my money at least 3 come to mind: Arran 10, Arran Robert Burns, and Deanston Virgin Oak. I would even rate McClelland’s Islay (young Bowmore) ahead of Monkey Shoulder, but i might be alone on that count.

3 years ago 0

Megawatt commented

@OdysseusUnbound I have some of that horrible McLelland's on hand. Maybe I'll punish myself with a head-to-head ;)

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

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