Scotch - Blended

Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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95th Percentile
This score falls in the 95th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

Proof66 Notes

Monkey Shoulder blended sctoch is a combination of three Speyside single malts (hence, "triple malt") aged in ex-bourbon barrels. According to different retail sites, the distilleries used for these malts are Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Kininvie. The aging is overseen by David Stewart and "married" from a selection of 27 different casks.

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This bottle has 11 ratings and 11 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (149)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-11-13)[Updated Review]
The best of the blends I have had-shares the spot with Johnny Walker Black, with this being more rounded and delivering welcomed spice in the profile. Their website mentions "spice" and where it would come from in Scotch I do not know. A nice mix of flavors, well melded together with a lively Oak and honeyed malt & Vanilla. There is peat smoke which is mild and not at all overpowering. Phizbins review was an influence in buying this having had the JW Black.
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Phizbin Phizbin (361)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-10-02)
Based on the strong reviews here, I pulled the trigger and bought for $29.99. For me, this is right where Johnnie Walker Black would be bought: a decent blended malt for the home bar. It's good! It's soft and sweet and approachable with just a little wisp of peat. I think I put it just a hair better than JWB but the difference is small. The best thing about it is the long finish; I'm still tasting the whisky even as I type...
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quantumboy7 quantumboy7 (47)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-06-14)
Butter, banana, fruits on the nose, smooth and creamy on the palate, with just a faint hint of cigar leaf on the finish. This is a surprisingly smooth and tasty whisky for the price. A wonderful Speyside that would appeal to newbies but also will find a steady home in my cabinet. An incredible value.
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ilikespirits ilikespirits (1)
Rating: 0.0 (2016-05-06)
Bought it 1st because name was interesting and it was semi-local to me. It has become my bedtime scotch, and a favorite for gifting to my scotch friends (don't give it to them until they say they like it). Encourage these folks - they've got something good going on.
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Shmotch Shmotch (68)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-03-23)
Monkey Shoulder is an enjoyable scotch blend at an extremely reasonable price point. A Speyside malt blend , I personally catch the Glenfiddich most prominently...more akin to Irish whiskey than an Islay peat monster...very easy drinking...nice finish
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BDanner BDanner (257)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-01-28)
Straw to light caramel color in the glass. Love the nose on this one. Leather, light smoke and honeyed grain. Neat it enters with a light sweetness reminiscent of biscotti. The leather note from the nose is also there, ending in a light and citrusy finish. I enjoyed this one. A definite step up from my regulars, Dewar's White Label and Famous Grouse, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the Dewar's Scratched Cask. A definite keeper for the bar and a solid 4 stars.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-01-17)
Wow, this is a fantastic scotch for the price ($25-30 where I live). The Balvenie scotch is the most recognizable in it for me, though I've never had anything made by Kininvie so I have no idea what characteristics that malt adds to the blend. It has mainly honey and oak on the nose; not overly complex but it's actually quite enjoyable (I kept sniffing my glass after I finished my drink). The palate is similar with the same honeyed sweetness and oak spice though it also has a bit of barley and almonds in there too. I thoroughly enjoyed my pour and I'm really amazed by the quality per dollar in this scotch, so I gave it an extra star for the value.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2016-01-18):
I debate this one every time I shop. After your review, i think I'll pull the trigger next time. Goes for around $35 here. I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one that continues to nose the empty glass after something particularly enjoyable.

Kinaner Kinaner (27)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-12-02)
Really nice, super smooth and a great flavour as well, Strong oak notes, loved it.
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lorax735 lorax735 (55)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-10-24)
Very excited to try this scotch. Good scotch for the price. A bit rougher than I had hoped for. Agree with Whisky&Rebellion on that. I enjoyed it neat. Flavor is bold up front, strong but without long mouth feel that I was looking for. I loved the name, the bottle, and the concept. Would love to see more reviews on this one.
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Whisky&Rebellion Whisky&Rebellion (7)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-07-12)
Good stuff, but not quite what you might expect. Not a ton of the light, floral qualities youd expect from Speyside single malts. A lot of bourbon qualities actually, which is surprising. The spirits going into the bottle probably are a bit young, which explains why Monkey Shoulder is a bit rougher than, say, the Glenfiddich 12. Still, a great blended scotch. Lighter than a bourbon, darker than a scotch, and good for whatever cocktail you need it in.
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macstuart macstuart (0)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-01-14)
Found this at a bottle shop in Brooklyn, very very pleased. A blend of three single-malt whiskies, it's subtle yet masculine. Ideal for whisky cocktails, it also pours well neat. Excellent value.
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