I only had 1 glass which I did not finish and gave the bottle away, for me it was way too easy to drink. Honey, dark citrus, vanilla and light spice begin coming through the more you drink. Combining these three malts, Monkey Shoulder Scotch is a deliciously malty, creamy whisky and it represents great value for money. Kininvie Region: Location , Owner Founded 1990 Status Open Water source Conval Hills No. I'v just discovered that my pallet has developed enough to enjoy malt whiskies and I purchased a small sample bottle from asda of your Monkey Shoulder. Quit being so whiny and drink it, it's quite a bit of bang for your buck. Good mix of malt and honey on the tongue and the taste lingers around for a long enough time which I enjoy with not too much spice on the tail.
The blend is then further aged before being bottled and badged with those three naughty-looking monkeys. Monkey Shoulder is a great substitute at a price that won't break the bank. Really good balance and a sweet toffee finish. I am so glad I discovered this and would recommend anyone who hasn't tried this to do so. Creamy, Malty, Goodness and one of the best bang for your Buck bottles that you'll find.
The fruit is fantastic, but beyond the rich fruit notes things get a bit light. Super alcohol nose with some vanilla notes. My preference is for Speyside rather than Island malts, Glendronach from sherry casks is my favorite, however Monkey Shoulder is the bottle I most frequently buy - it's quite similar even if less distinct. Bought it, sipped it, hated it. The Balvenie shines through in this mix but isn't dominant - pure genius in my opinion and the price is crazy.
But I found it to be an easy whisky to sip with a good cigar, some good friends, and good conversation. Have someone pour you a dram of each in identical glasses while you're out of the room and go for it. Probably really good as a top shelf mixer but do not expect much if drinking alone. Easy to drink neat, no real heat to this drink. So I would say, give it a try, don't expect the taste of the finest scotch you have ever had, but I think it is extremely nice and it would be my pleasure to serve it and enjoy it again. My wife, who can't even handle the smell of it, let alone taste most whiskies, actually found it quite palatable.
Love Glenfiddich and Balvenie is my current favorite - so how could a blend of three malts go bad? The finish is surprisingly long for a budget scotch. Occasionally using other distilleries in the mix, but always three Speyside distilleries and always in first fill American oak i. A fruity, sweet but not over overpoweringly sweet, whisky, that is very easy to drink. I have been a fan of another scotch for the last 32 years. I know that makes no sense probably to most readers of your blog but to each their own. A hint of peat on the nose but not overpowering.
I saw the bottle on the lower shelf ,the monkeys caught my eye,the colour look good,i read the label,saw the price,purchased a bottle,that evening opened it,love it,drank almost half a bottle,woke next morning blurred eyes,that evening did it all over again,love it. Signature Cocktail — Malt Jockey 40ml Monkey Shoulder, 30ml sweet vermouth, 7ml Maraschino liqueur, 2 dash chocolate bitters Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. It's pretty obvious that just drinking a lot doesn't make you a good taster. It's smooth, well balanced, and has flavors that require a somewhat sensitive palate to detect compared to some, but sometimes that's nice instead of being punched in the mouth with one overwhelming taste. Although one component of the blend The Balvenie still prides itself on having its barley hand-turned, modern working practices mean that the whisky industry equivalent of tennis elbow is no more. I've since suggested it to friends whoa re much more serious about their libations and they agreed it's a nice drink and a great value. Personally, I tend to drink Isley Malts, so it stands to reason Monkey Shoulder comes up short for my taste.
But what is especially delightful is the sweet finish. As advertised, by the makers, I might add - as well as many of the reviewers. Doesn't taste like a blend, but a blend of single malts. However, my local Sainsbury's had a promotional just before Christmas so I gave it a whirl. By the way I was born and bread in Edinburgh and Im Scottish. In recent years the group has run on-trade cocktail competition the Ultimate Bartender Challenge, which encourages entrants to dream up wacky and innovative bar projects. Monkey Shoulder Scotch is a vatting of three unique single malt whiskies produced at three different Speyside distilleries: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie.
Juicy toasted barley, cloves and butterscotch. But, I become fond of old fashioneds with bourbon. Jones This is to date the best blended whisky I have tried! Glen 13 January For the price, this is an exceptional whiskey. Rather than witter on about tasting notes, I'll list Whiskeys I like and those I hate. I know good scotch from bad, and both bottles of the Monkey Shoulders i've had have have delicious, if not particularly characterful - reminiscent, in fact, of Dewars 12 - but rather more intense. If you don't like chocolate there is always vanilla or strawberry. A pretty good whisky, and the best I've seen in the price range.