Overall rating
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Blended Malt
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2010 12:03 pm

Average value

€ 28.26

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463 × member ratings

1277 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - Smooth And Rich

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.04 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    Monkey Shoulder is a rather simple but honest and decent quality Blended Malt from the Speyside of Scotland. Young Balvenie features quite prominently on the nose. Sweet fruits, candy apples and a touch of ice wine combine with creamy honey, fine spices and hints of coffee. Delicate maltiness and restrained oak influence complement the otherwise light and sweet character on the palate. The finish is swift, woody and sugary, merging into dark chocolate bitterness. With an excellent price-quality ratio, this dram is certainly better than most blends.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Overall quite a good blend for the price
    • Nose
      Unripe bananas and pears, some mustiness as well. Quite malty, probably as it is very spirit driven. Ginger warmth.
    • Taste
      Malt notes upfront with vanilla sweetness. The oak spice is noticeable here as well. Slightly too thin but overall a decent palate.
    • Finish
      Medium-short finish. Some sweetness balanced out by bitterness of the oak perhaps.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Waxy pineapple cubes, unripe bananas, and clean honey malt. Doesn’t come across as a blend like so many do, although it is very consolidated.
    T: Light arrival - peppery and oaky with resh mint, lamb & pork with sweet malt surging through. Waxy. Nice shape on development - easy
    F: Waxy, fresh-ish, creamy, vanilla finish. Not very concise but well blended. Bitter lemon dominates the finish. Very tannic at the death.
    C: Surprisingly good considering its reputation and marketing. Lets not get too carried away but there is complexity, age and a simple and shapely journey from sweet to sour.

    Scores a C-

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Glenfarclaus scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    very mild, slightly sweet, vanilla, malty, very short finish

    nothing exciting but good for the price.

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Decent blended malt with nice fruit notes. Great introduction to Scotch Whisky or the world of blended malts in general. Pretty simple and very sippable. Better than its peated cousin imho.

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. Gweddry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Pears, honey, vanilla, buns, homemade sticks, bananas, pear jelly DILUTED: orange
    • Taste
      Caramelized sugar, sweet, honey, buns, bananas
    • Finish
      short, buns, caramel, krowky, malt

  9. noelc scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Very sweet, apples, light smoke
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, honey, orange, vanilla, light smoke, enjoyable
    • Finish
      81 81
      Suddenly get a burn. Long finish

  10. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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