Aged: No age statement
Product of: United Kingdom
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.