Monkey Shoulder

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1526
Blend-Scotch
Scotland
Blended Malt Whisky
40%
0.7 l
Original bottling
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Pear:
Caramel:
Honey:
Malt:
Spices:
Leather:
Oak:
Herbs:
Herb:
Banana:
Green Apple:
Zitrus:
Anise:
Apple:
Cinnamon:
Mint:
Nuts:
Oil:
Orange:
Sherry:
Berries:
Chocolate:
Clove:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Grass:
Nutmeg:
Pepper:
Raisin:
Tropical Fruit:
Tasting
Fruit:
Sweet:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Spices:
Honey:
Oak:
Pear:
Herb:
Oil:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Apple:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Sherry:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Banana:
Caramel:
Peat Smoke:
Anise:
Berries:
Chocolate:
Cinnamon:
Clove:
Dried Fruit:
Grass:
Green Apple:
Heather:
Lemon:
Lime:
Nutmeg:
Finish
Sweet:
Fruit:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Chocolate:
Herb:
Nuts:
Vanilla:
Dark Chocolate:
Honey:
Sherry:
Oil:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Almonds:
Anise:
Apple:
Banana:
Berries:
Bonfire Smoke:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Heather:
Leather:
Lemon:
Pear:
Peat Smoke:

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Tasting Notes 12

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10. Oct 2016
Monkey Shoulder is a rather simple but honest and decent quality Blended Malt from the Speyside of Scotland. Young Balvenie features quite prominently on the nose. Sweet fruits, candy apples and even a touch of ice wine combine with creamy honey, fine spices and hints of coffee. Delicate maltiness and restrained oak influence complement the otherwise light and sweet character on the palate. The finish is swift, woody and sugary, merging into melted dark chocolate bitterness. With an excellent price-quality ratio, this dram is certainly better than many blends.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 ≙ 85 pts
26. Jan 2019
Nosing: Sweet Honey Pear Vanilla Berries

Taste: Berries Vanilla Apple

Finish: Sweet Almonds Vanilla

Comment: A somewhat convoluted sweetness - some fruit and some sugar-related scents. Not 'cloying' by any means, just not well integrated. The nose is a bit overwhelming as the scents compete for attention, rather than complementing one another.

Taste is more cohesive than what is experienced on the nose. A soft combination of berry fruits - no sherry influence, I believe by its nature. A noticeable lack of oak spiciness, but vanilla is perhaps the defining characteristic of this whisky, implying ex-bourbon barrels.

This whisky's finish is not pronounced, but it lingers longer than one might expect given a lack of bold flavors.
25. Jun 2018
Nosing: Vanilla, fruit, and oak. Light-medium malt nose. Smells like a more expensive single malt like Balvenie perhaps.

Taste:
Vanilla, pear, and oak
Finish:
Medium

Comment:
Great value for the money. One of my favorites. Best scotch in the world for introducing someone the first time. Overall, very pleasant.
Agerskov
27. May 2017
Nosing: Vanilla Caramel Pear Banana

Taste: Malt Honey Vanilla

Finish: Malt Fruit Spices Chocolate

Comment: Not a very complex whisky, but it is fairly good and quite easy to drink.
Agerskov
27. Aug 2017
Nosing: Vanilla Caramel Pear Banana Oak

Taste: Sweet Honey Banana Oil Malt Vanilla Honey

Finish: Malt Fruit Banana Chocolate

Comment: Not very complex, but is easy to drink. Good entry-level whisky.
javis1213
01. Jun 2016
Nosing: Fruit Tropical Fruit Dried Fruit Malt Anise Pepper Vanilla

Taste: Heather Vanilla Oak Malt Nutmeg Anise Pepper Coffee Fruit

Finish: Fruit Oak Sherry Dried Fruit Dark Chocolate Malt Anise

Comment: has a very bitter palate and after taste, long bitterness, and even more bitter than Guiness stout. Fruit anf floral notes arevery well expressed.
09. Jan 2019
Nosing:
Fruit Apple Pear Sweet Honey
Taste:
Malt Honey Spices
Finish:
Sherry Sweet Pepper
Hengl
07. Feb 2019
Nosing: Floral Vanilla Raisin Apple

Taste: Sweet Vanilla Honey Cinnamon Malt

Finish: Malt Oak Nuts ripe Pear

Comment: 79/100
17. Feb 2018
Nosing: Fruit Sweet Honey Caramel Vanilla

Taste: Honey Sweet Fruit Spices Pepper

Finish: Sweet Honey Pepper

Comment: Super sweet honey and fruity nose. Peppery sharp spiciness along with honey in the taste. Medium lasting finish, sweetness and dryness lingers a bit. A good one. Unbelievable value.
GreatDram
11. Sep 2015