Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

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Barcode UPC: 5010327105215
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Natural cork stopper

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alc./vol: 40%

Proof: 80°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Monkey Shoulder is a vatted malt (blended malt), made by blending three of William Grant & Sons' Speyside malts - Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie. The three 'brass' monkeys on the shoulder of the bottle represent the three malts that comprise the blend.
Launched in 2005, the name Monkey Shoulder comes from an old whisky term. In the past, when maltmen had the back-breaking task of hand-turning the grain on the malthouse floor, lifting it with a shiel (wooden shovel) and throwing it over their shoulder. This often resulted in a muscle injury 'monkey shoulder'.

Balvenie is, in fact, one of the few distilleries which still use traditional floor maltings. But you'll be relieved to hear that its maltmen are now assisted by a power-driven device rather like a plough.

The "batch 27" on the neck collar refers to Monkey Should being blended in batches of 27 casks. The three single malt distilleries of which Monkey Shoulder comprises, all lie on the same estate of the edge of Dufftown. Monkey shoulder is blended and bottled on the estate so could be said to be "an estate bottled vatted malt".

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 25/02/2012


Clear richly golden yellow.


Robust yet slightly floral, lightly sherried nose with barley water, linseed oil, candle wax, baked pear, overripe banana, vanilla custard powder and cinnamon.


Malty, very slightly sweet palate balanced by dry oak and old leather with spicy orange marmalade and ginger.


Malty, spicy finish.

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