Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - Smooth And Rich

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
William Grant & Sons (WG&S)
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml
New Label 2015
Added on
04 Jul 2016 1:40 pm by bokhanov

Average value

€ 5.47

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Whisky Reviews for Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 - Smooth And Rich

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.89 points

  1. Ostap scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Simply, without claims, a purely commercial product in which the bottle is much more interesting than the contents.
    • Nose
      Candy, quiche grapes, sweet champagne, sweet dough, chewing gum, shortbread cookies, fresh wood, acetone, walnut peel, juniper.
    • Taste
      Sweet, quite empty, fresh, raisins, cream.
    • Finish
      Empty, dry and oak, a little coniferous nuances.

  2. Rory1901 scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Arctic Monkeys. The Infinite Monkey Cage. Twelve Monkeys. Good things can come with simian-themed titles. So, what about this whisky?

    Monkey Shoulder is a blend from William Grants of different Speyside single malts that is very available and inexpensive to pick up. More recently they have been more guarded about the constituent malts, but it was previously known to be a blend of Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie.

    Despite the fact this is a blended malt, the initial nose is akin to that of a grain blend with an alcohol whiff and notes reminiscent of toasted bread by a swimming pool. Left for a while to open I can detect honey, orange, pear brandy, toffee, light wood and some floral hints. All very quiet: nothing complex but nevertheless attractive in its simplicity.

    There is a pleasant warmth on the palate with orange, grapefruit and grain alcohol. On some sips this youthful “grainy” trait appears as a slightly intrusive soapy savour and a back-throat burn, remedied by a few drops of water. The finish is short and lightly sweet.

    All in all, Monkey Shoulder is a decent dram but not one I’d go back to. Apparently, it was created to try and tempt bourbon drinkers into Scotch and their website additionally states that it is a premium blended malt made for mixing. I like it well enough - I do like it - and I ought not be too hard on it, but this is to "premium" blended malts as The Monkees are to The Beatles.

  3. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      72 72

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      65 65

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    better than I thought - but I do not need more than one dram
    • Nose
      Apple, pear, lemon juice, citrus zests, toasted cereal and bright fresh wood, honey and vanilla - to get some cardboard
    • Taste
      sweet, slightly tingling, fresh mint, quite strong woody notes, citrus, grassy, ​​some birch sap
    • Finish
      delicate woody note, slightly dry, slightly bitter, cardboard, pepper, the alcohol is noticeable

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    It's cheap, and it's noticable.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  7. peatbogger scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    As a pure malt vatting I find it rather disapointing and boring. But then it's marketed as a mixing malt.
    • Nose
      Sweet apples, canned pear, floral, faint vanilla undertone.
    • Taste
      Initial impression is bland before some spice arrive, not much though.

      Sweet bourbon vanilla.

      Some artificial feel to it.
    • Finish
      Weak and short.

      Watered out impression.Slightly bittersweet and drying.


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