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Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - Smooth And Rich

Overall rating
79.11/100
votes
354
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
Bottled
2008
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L34X4848070811
Barcode
5010327105215
Added on
07 Apr 2010 12:37 pm

Average value

€ 28.64

354 × member ratings

954 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
20
Taste
19
Finish
19
Balance
20

Tastingtags

42 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
07 May 2017 2:06 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 82 points

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 82 pts   ·ABOVE AVERAGE [-]·

Weighted Rate
81.6
Nose
83
Initial taste
82
Body
80
Finish
78
Price
86
Presentation
84
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
13 Jan 2015 9:43 pm

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-

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
13 Jun 2012 1:02 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Burnished
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.

Comments

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.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
vojt466
Expert Senior vojt466 Note
06 Dec 2017 8:57 pm
vojt466 gave this whisky 82 points

Ovocně cereální s jemným vlivem medu, citrusových plodů, meruňek, vanilky a dřevité kořenitosti ve všech chuťových spektrech. Příjemné, nekomplikované pití s celkem příjemnou cennou.

SimpleSample
Expert Junior SimpleSample Tasting note
04 Dec 2017 9:14 pm
SimpleSample gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Mann muss schnell sein. sonst ist er weg. Stroh...lakritze...etwas Frucht 

Taste

mild ... leichte süsse

Finish

kurz

Comments

nicht besonders aufregend aber für das geld ok

Chaot
Member Junior Chaot Review note
20 Oct 2017 1:12 pm
Chaot gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.8
Nose
78
Initial taste
82
Body
84
Finish
67
Price
93
Presentation
83
Cubey666
Expert Senior Cubey666 Review note
23 Apr 2017 9:02 am
Cubey666 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
81.8
Nose
84
Initial taste
80
Body
82
Finish
81
Price
82
Presentation
82
My Collection
mishadoff
Expert Senior mishadoff Tasting note
11 Aug 2016 8:11 pm
mishadoff gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Очень необычный, запах какого-то ароматного растения, зеленые фрукты, ваниль, много ванили 

Taste

Нежный, солодовый, много солода (как я люблю), фруктов уже меньше, приятный и питкий. Слегка сладковатый и горький.

Finish

Среднее, немного маслянистое, в целом тоже приятное, но все портит горечь, которая еще держится, поэтому хочется выпить еще

Comments

Хороший, не сложный виски на попить, но горечь его убивает.

J.K.Ch
Expert Senior J.K.Ch Tasting note
10 Apr 2016 10:59 pm
J.K.Ch gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Ve vůni cítím vaječný koňak s vanilkou, ale, a to je příjemné, chybí aroma rumu

Taste

Jemná kořenitost muškátový květ a oříšek, karamel, dřevo. Z vůně zde pak celkem patrně prostupuje vanilka i karamel.

Finish

Ve zbytečně krátkém doznívání mi zmizí chuť po lehčím koření a nahořklé chuti pomela. A kdybych si to nepřečetl, tak bych v ní chuť banánů nehledal a asi ani nenašel. Ale jo, je tam.

Comments

No, výhodou tohoto kousku je zajímavá chuť a více než dobrá cena.

My Collection
Bart Joosten
Expert Senior Bart Joosten Review note
28 Mar 2016 9:03 pm
Bart Joosten gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.2
Nose
87
Initial taste
84
Body
90
Finish
86
Price
89
Presentation
89

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