it’s a mix of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie; it’s not a blend in the usual way as there’s no grain whisky in it, it’s all single malt. Monkey Shoulder is Balvenie dominant. I am a speyside guy. Monkey Shoulder is a mix of three different Speyside single malts and is great with mixers or just on its own. Compass Box has made a name for the category, although not all of CB’s whiskies are blended malts. The original version of Monkey Shoulder was a blend of three premium scotch whiskies: Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kininvie. The name Monkey Shoulder might sound funny, but it has a history in whisky making. Quite the alcohol heat undiluted (young) . I think I would probably enjoy Monkey Shoulder more than Chivas 18 as well. My favorites are Glenlivet, Glenfiddicb and Laphroaig. Monkey Shoulder. And they are right, it is great for a whisky forward cocktail and it … Josh the Whiskey Jug gives it an average […]. That’s just something that you’ll have to get used to, coming from bourbon. So, I am not a scotch drinker. Leave this field empty if you're human: Don't worry, we don't spam. But for a few dollars more I’d go for Sheep Dip, which I’ve found to be a very pleasant and smooth sipper. I read plenty of positive reviews and some claiming it to be bland. The scotch is bottled at 40% abv. Of all the blends readily available, Monkey Shoulder is surely one of the better ones. Now, runs of Monkey Shoulder are made 27 casks at a time, although the batches are not individually numbered. Nose: Crisp, clear malty grains, almost beery. On the smokey peaty side, try McCarthy’s single malt. 750ml bottle, K&L Wines and Spirits, Redwood City, CA. Enjoy reading The Whiskey Jug? I haven’t figured out a drink to mix it in but experiment away. Trying it right now at the bar of the hotel I am staying in Chicago. (Kininvie was built in 1990 on the grounds of The Balvenie and makes malt that is mostly used for blends.) Then i asked the liquor store owner what he preferred at around the $30 price point for Scotch whiskeys. Not too much complexity or deep flavours, and it works. There’s certainly a time for whisky with light character, but I tend to prefer the density and fuller flavor of malts in general, and as Monkey Shoulder is made up of all malts (even though it’s a “blend”), it scratches that itch for very little cash. Sylvain November 26, 2018 203 0. Probably this is because the distinction (a blend involving several malt whiskies, but no grain whiskies, whereas a “blended scotch” like the ubiquitous Johnnie Walker contains several malt whiskies and one or more grain whiskies) is a little geeky for the average consumer. What is Monkey Shoulder? I would choose to drink GKS Artist’s Blend over Monkey Shoulder any day of the week if they were the same price here. Poured a dram in a Glencairn and played around with it for a bit. The problem is that the price on it is the same if not higher than Glenlivet 12. Just picked up my bottle of Monkey Shoulder and popping home to give it a go. Previous Whiskey Review: Boulevard Scotch On Scotch. MS is $65 per bottle. While, granted, a lot of blends fit that same bill (including Bank Note, which is still a better value than Monkey Shoulder), I do find blends to be distracting neat – that acetone note just creeps in and reminds me what I’m drinking, and that it probably should have some ice… and maybe hell some club soda… etc. -Ryan. According to the 2019 Brands Report, compiled by industry magazine Drinks International, bartenders named Monkey Shoulder the best-selling and trendiest Scotch whisky.. Believe it or not some of these whiskey’s taste much better than the $5k bottles I have had the opportunity to taste and my boss, who owns them, would agree. In the glass, the vatted malt has a pleasing, solid gold color. The well known and loved standard Monkey Shoulder is a blend of three Speyside distilleries, that are not 100% confirmed *Cough* Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie *Cough* a great dram on its own but as a bartender I use it as a base in a shed load of whisky based cocktails, so I’m hoping Smokey Monkey will have the same attributes but add an extra smokey layer to well know classics such as Rob Roy, Blood … $20 more if I can find a deal on the ‘Shoulder at Trader Joes. Monkey Shoulder Scotch is a superb blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from three famous Speyside distilleries. I’ve never tried it, but I’m thinking about it. Finish: Short. I have also really enjoyed some of the Trader Joe plain label 14 and 18 year olds they sell around the holidays. Hopefully it will grow on me, or it will be on mixer duty. For what it’s worth, “Monkey Shoulder” is the nickname for a shoulder injury experienced by maltsters after long hours of manually turning malt on a malting floor. Monkey Shoulder is produced by William Grant & Sons (whom you may remember from my review of Glenfiddich 15), sometimes called a triple malt because it’s a blend of three single malts: Glenfiddich, Kininvie and Balvenie. Others agree it tastes like 007 wearing a tuxedo wetsuit.” The Monkey Shoulder website is bang on! I drink it often, and it is carried at a few local liquor stores. Your beer analogy is apt, although I would say it’s more like trying a Kolsch or session lager or Hefeweizen after drinking mainly porter. Although Compass Box GKS Glasgow or Artist are each about $10 cheaper than MS. Not much of a heavy drinker. Monkey Shoulder is a blend of 3 Speyside whiskys; Kininvie, Balvenie and Glenfiddich, all of which are owned by William Grant & Sons, as is Monkey Shoulder. 43% ABV - Blended, Scotland. Was going to try a bottle of this for the first time last week. At $25 – $30, if you haven’t tried Monkey Shoulder before you might as well stop reading here and go buy a bottle. A touch of lemon. Glen, Glen and MaCallan can go scratch! If you don’t mind high-proof, try Aberlour abunadh which is the probably the “heaviest” single malt I can think of. https://www.abcfws.com/monkey-shoulder-blended-malt-scotch/571905 Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky has a rich fruity character that’s well balanced and comes across the senses pleasantly, but kind of ends there. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Better than that would be GlenDronach 12. maltymedici says on November 26, 2020. As I explain on my single malts vs blends page, a single malt simply means a blend (or vatting) of different malts whiskies from a single distillery. This is more gentle than some whiskys I’ve tried and I don’t think my whisky drinking visitors would be offended if I gave them a glass or two. Maybe a novice but I liked it better than the 18 year Chivas. I think this shines in the “want a glass of scotch but don’t want to think about what I’m drinking” category. Nose: Lots of sweet fruits and honey, opening to red fruits and plum. Yes. Nose: Crisp, clear malty grains, almost beery. The “big house” blends like Chivas and Johnnie Walker aim at the middle segment of the market, which they think means lightly-flavored whisky (this used to be true in the 70s and 80s, when whiskey was competing with vodka for the “my dad drinks whisky, I want something else” crowd). I'd like to receive the free email course. I must admit that I’ve done my faithful readers and fellow value-seekers a disservice by taking this long to get around to mentioning Monkey Shoulder. The three malts that go into the blend come from Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and … Another consistent multiple award winner, Chivas 12 YO … I tried Monkey and…wow… for $30, it is my new fav. Nougat all over, nutty and sweet, but quickly vanishing with a fading hint of dry oaky tannins and a bit of charcoal which leaves the mouth wishing for a little better balance. Food; Recipes; Veganism; Books; Equipment and Gadgets; Food Industry I bought MS just to have for a scotch drinker friend. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be great, right? If I were to guess based on the marketing of the product (have a look at its website, for example) it would seem to be an attempt to reach a younger audience than is usual for a single malt. It is sweet, smooth, and smokey! Well, it’s been open for about a month or so now, and sampled three times….. at $35 US for 1L, this is outstanding value whisky. To each their own. 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