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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

A Monkey Carnival

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@vrudy6Review by @vrudy6

7th Dec 2014


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I've heard of this through the grape vine, and through great product placement on the last episodes of the final season of True Blood. It's a blended malt of three Speyside malts: Balvenie, Glenfiddich (yuck!), and Kininvie. Its got a great price: $29.99. Ready for the ride!

Nose: Sweet, caramel, nice oak, slight vegetal and a trace of molasses.

Palate: Big Caramel, honey. Then a crescendo of alcohol, but then it is suddenly stopped by caramel coated apples, like the ones from your local neighborhood carnival. Good coating of the mouth and a trace of the Balvenie bitterness, but it gets checked out by the strengths of the other malts.

Finish: Good length. Stays oily. Very smooth. Probably the smoothest malt in the $30 range. Stays sweet with a freshness of confectioners sugar. I don't know,but I get a bit of smoke.

What a buy--It's simple. Mostly based on our comfort "palate zone": Sweet, smooth, caramels, honey, yaddie, yaddie, yadda.

I've been contemplating on this buy for a while. I was a bit skeptical, but at this price range, I couldn't resist. I'm glad I didn't.

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