Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - The Original

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Design since 2020
Added on
01 dec 2021 11:38 am

Average value

€ 27.38

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80 × member ratings

363 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - The Original

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.29 points.

  1. Markar scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Very good for mixing. Occasionally, pure over ice

  2. Mcdede scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    Its fine

  3. professor_vsop scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Fruitier and less moldy than a previous batch I did encounter years ago. The nose is simple, but pleasantly fruity and it's pretty palatable as a sipper. No finish whatsoever, but for €25 this is quite an ok deal.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  5. GeekOn scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    You can tell it's young, very young. Overrated

  6. JoachimV scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Flowers, pears, apples with a hint of cinnamon, some citrus fruit, vanilla and cornflakes.
      I think the nose is quite okay and has more to offer than I thought beforehand.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Fairly sharp and fruity with grapefruit, pear, apple, banana and a trace of vanilla and some pepper.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Some pears and citrus fruit remain behind.
      Rather short and flat.

      The nose was surprising, then it went down a bit.
      This whiskey in itself is fine to drink pure and certainly not bad, perfect for when you've already had a few beers or if you want something simple where you don't want to challenge your taste buds too much.

  7. CellarToberi scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Matured in 1-st fill ex-bourbon casks. Coloured, chill-filtered. Midsize straight primary, irregular slow secondary legs. Water pushes sweet maltiness further to the fore. Good value for the price.
    • Nose
      Restrained initially. Cereal: malty, biscuits, barley sugar. Fruity: fresh fruits, citrus: lemon, tangerine. Sweet: caramel, vanilla, honey. Spicy: pepper, cinnamon. Woody: charred and toasted oak. Floral notes: hay, heather. Light creamy and herbal notes: especially on the empty glass. Earthy: light petrol notes. Crisp, rich, and full. Good transition between senses. Drifting: From restrained to rich malty forward.
    • Taste
      Sweet on the arrival: caramel, vanilla, honey. Develops fresh fruits: green apple, citrus and berries. Lightly salted caramel on the midpalate. Malty. Spicy: pepper. Oily. Light bitter notes on the sides.
    • Finish
      Medium: malty, spicy: vanilla, pepper. Fruity: stone fruit notes. Woody: tannins from the oak. Lingering astringent notes. Still pleasant.

  8. tester1277 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A clearly noticeable young blend. Nothing special and too metallic for my taste.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, banana, malty-spicy, alcoholic
    • Taste
      metallic, covers the tongue, spicy
    • Finish
      Short, slightly dry and metallic

  9. TomHagen scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  10. MarcinCh scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Enjoyable. Pretty delicate. Pretty sweet. Caramel, vanilla. Some fresh fruit. Peaches.
    • Taste
      Pretty sweet. Lots of caramel and vanilla. A trace of fresh fruit.
    • Finish
      Sweet. Caramel. Vanilla. Toffee. Gently warming. Medium-long finish. A pinch of ginger.

  11. TomMalone scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Smooth and well balanced. Always a bottle in my collection.

  12. Tim-R scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but a little too ordinary
    • Nose
      56 56
      Just too sharp
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      60 60
      Light strong

  13. markaerts scored this whisky 64 points Newbie

    Just good

  14. egeht scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

  15. Vagmanou scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Enjoyable every day whisky, better from some single malts and in a good price.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, fresh, apple pie, cinamon, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, pear and chocolate
    • Taste
      81 81
      Again sweet, fresh fruits, pear, peach, pepper and almonds
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium to short, spicy, mint, honey and malty

  16. perfidiousscript scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    My favorite blended scotch whisky, and one of my go-to whiskies for the money.
    Pleasant throughout, starts out with clean fruit: mellow orange citrus and cider apples with cinnamon coming to the fore as the glass drains.

    Flavors are well blended and no individual part is too forward. Toward the middle of the glass the flavors may numb away to just 'scotch'.

    Eminently drinkable and rarely hot. Can take a few drops of water but any more will wash it out. At the price point there is no shame in mixing it, either.


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