Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt Scotch whiskey consisting of 3 single malts from the Speyside region of Scotland.
These include: Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie which are are then vatted together and aged for up to 6 months before bottling.
One of it's selling points is the price. It can often be found for around $30 making it very budget friendly. Bottled at 43% abv it is often thought of as an "intro" or "beginner" Scotch whisky.
I always feel these terms are misnomers as taste is subjective, and also because I feel that lesser flavorful whisky shouldn't be thought of as a "beginner" whisky because it can turn people away if they don't like it making them think "well I tried a "intro" whisky and didn't like it so Scotch must not be for me". <Spoiler alert> This isn't one of my favorite whiskys so for me, if this was my first introduction to Scotch I may not have gotten into whiskey the way I have.
The name comes from an ailment that was prevalent during the old times of distilling, before automation and technology came about. Basically the old way of turning the barley was done by hand and the leaned over position caused the shoulder to be pained and sag, which people called "Monkey Shoulder". This is paying homage to the distillers of yesteryear.
Color: Honey like (colored with e150)
Nose: Sweet, vanilla
Taste: Mild but lightly sweet
Finish: Light mouthfeel and short in duration
My personal recommendation is to let it rest in your glass, preferably a Glencairn glass, for at least 10 minutes before drinking. It really brings out more flavor notes and makes this much sweeter and more palatable. Banana nut bread?
I reached out to Monkey Shoulder for an answer regarding the "Batch 27" but they have not given me an answer. If they ever decide to answer, which I doubt at this point, I'll update the post.
If you know the answer, please let me know.
You can view the video review below:
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