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Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt mix of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie, bottled by William Grant & Sons. The name comes from an temporary injury suffered by distillery malt men when turning the barley by hand. This was an all-around softy so that's why it reminds me of the Emmanuelle trilogy. The exception is that it's not a dangerous risk taker like Emmanuelle was. Monkey Shoulder is a nice and talented everyday whisky. If it was a hockey player, it probably would be Pat LaFontaine or in the football fields: Matthias Sammer (or some other mid 1990's German footballer).
Nose: Very sweet with floral notes. Some citrus and honey with oak.
Taste: Starts soft and gets softer with honey being the key factor. Vanilla with a soft touch of spice like cinnamon.
Finish: Sweet and soft.
Balance: Monkey Shoulder (Batch 27) keeps its balance very well. It doesn't offer any surprises either. Nice average whisky that doesn't leave you grinning or cheering.