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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

Triple Malt

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Jun 2012


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky
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Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt, consisting of three single malts, hence the Triple Malt neck label and the three monkeys on the shoulder of the American looking bottle. It is created with Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinivie, the three Speyside distilleries in the hands of William Grants & Sons. The name refers to a muscle disease that maltmen often got after years of turning the malt with their wooden shiels in the maltbarn. I cannot shake the feeling that this blend is aimed at a young audience, especially after checking out the flashy website.

The first thing I notice on the nose is a bourbonny butterscotch, augmented by pears, prunes and even strawberry. Honeysweet, to say the least. Some nuts and a hint of mint. Very accessible and inviting nose, albeit somewhat light.

The attack is similarly light on nuts and honey, but gives up more citrus than you would have expected from the nose. Syrupy. Some spicy oak rears its head midpalate. Orange zest. Lacks some punch and depth, but certainly leaves many a blend in its shadow.

The finish is short to medium, again on nuts, orange zest and light oaky notes.

I was expecting a mixers whisky and am convinced it is often used for making cocktails because of the sweet character, but this is much more than that.

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systemdown commented

Completely agree, this has some pedigree and it is certainly better than just a mixer - I feel guilty when I don't have this neat. I find it's an ideal "no thinking" dram for after work etc.

And some trivia: for most, the easiest and most accessible way to taste Kininvie malt (albeit alongside Glenfiddich and Balvenie) - for those that don't know, Kininvie only bottled 2 single malts under the name "Hazelwood" and is not easily found or affordable. Kininvie (Balvenie's "spare" still house for production of whisky exclusively for blending) was closed in 2010.

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cpstecroix commented

Picked a bottle of this up on holiday to drink in the evenings; I agree, it's a decent malt but I bought it particularly because I wanted something that I would not feel guilty drinking absent-mindedly. I think the nose outshone the palate and the finish was the weakest part of the whole, but certainly for the price a decent value.

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