Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label 2015
Bottle code
L2D 7832 2709
Added on
23 Jan 2020 10:02 pm by helvetier

Average value

€ 23.39

14 × in wishlist

65 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - Smooth And Rich

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.21 points

  1. Floor scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Very nice blend and perfect for introducing friends into the wonderous world of whiskey

  2. martin_the_collector scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    If you're looking for a damn good blend, you've found it here. Very easy to drink and well balanced. BE CAREFUL not to accidentally drink the whole bottle in one go :)
    • Nose
      78 78
      Light and flattering
    • Taste
      82 82
      not too intense, light and no alcohol
    • Finish
      79 79
      medium long or medium
      could be a little longer. But pleasant

  3. VanOpek scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
      sweet and fruity, apple, pear, peach, simple, dessert, pleasant
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet, pleasant, alcohol well hidden, vanilla, light peppery, fruity, hints of oak, dried fruits
    • Finish
      76 76
      woody, oak, dry, short, malty, simple

  4. Candy62 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I haven't tasted Kininvie but this is as good as Balvenie and much better than Glenfiddich.
    Warm notes: toffee, orange, oak, dark berries, dates.
    Good and tasty blend at suitable price. Very good vatted malt. I really enjoy sipping this. Cheers!

  5. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    simple, not bad basic blend, drinks quite well
    • Nose
      80 80
      floral, vanilla, spices, honey
    • Taste
      80 80
      sweet, creamy, soft
    • Finish
      78 78
      short, sweet, oak

  7. MrTida scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    I am not the greatest fan of the spicy/medicinal turn at the end of the palate. But overall good value for the money, with a very friendly and pleasant nose, and a surprisingly long finish.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet nose. Strong notes of vanilla. A lot of fruitiness, especially apple. Very pleasant and inviting.
    • Taste
      73 73
      The fruitiness is less pronounced than in the nose, which is slightly disappointing. It still starts of very sweet and friendly. Buttery, and vanilla is still prevalent. This quickly however make way for spicy, peppery ending. UsualIy, I like a whiskey that progresses, but the change here is a bit too abrubt. I know most people think the alcohol is very well-hidden, but to me there is a medicinal alcohol taste towards the ending, which I find a bit unpleasant.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Dry, oaky finish. The spiciness lingers, and the buttery vanilla makes a comeback in a surprisingly long finish.

  8. foxyproxy scored this whisky 77 points Newbie

    It's a nice whisky for its price point. Does have to be introduced to oxygen for 10-20 minutes to really lay bare the sweetness when nosing. To me it smells more complex than it tastes. While the finish isn't spectacular, it does manage to linger for quite a while. I can see why this is recommended by many.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Buttery artificial aroma, Vanilla, Toffee, Cafe Noir, Honey, Peach, hint of brown sugar, flower petals and green apples
    • Taste
      77 77
      Starting with (salted) caramel and Cake dough sweetness at the tip of the tongue that progresses into a velvet smooth rounded and buttery middle with a spicy ending at the back of the tongue and palate.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Herbal with sweetened butter and a lingering pepper and vanilla aftertaste

  9. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Light to medium gold, oily.

    Nose: Buttery, toffee, vanilla, honey. Very sweet, dessert-like nose. Slightly herbal, touch of oak, bit of biscuits.

    Palate: Sweet, rounded, mellow, honey, butter and toffee. Slightly peppery and herbal. Some raisin and dried apricots. Chewy malts and some banana.

    Finish: Peppery, honey, butter. Sweetness lingers as does the peppery heat.

    With Water: Herbal notes come out, along with more fruit. Actually, some what makes it smoother and more enjoyable.

    Overall: Quite sweet and dessert-like. Luscious but simple. Very much on the creamy, buttery side. Nice for the price, but better single malts are available for about the same price. This can get a bit boring.

  10. Benjamin_on_Spirits scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    Easy and commercial. Nothing wrong with that! And so affordable.
    • Nose
      Soft and sweet aromas! Vanilla, honey, floral perhaps? And a bit of spice. But not complex.
    • Taste
      A tad sweet, smooth and rich for sure. Especially for the price. Slightly powerful but certainly easy-going.


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