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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

(70cl, 40.0%)
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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Monkey Shoulder Blend Bottling Note

A superb blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from the company's three neighbouring distilleries in Dufftown. The result is a smooth, creamy, supple and very malty Scotch which works superbly well neat, over ice, or in whisky cocktails (where it really excels).

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: An elegant, stylish nose of marmalade, Crema Catalana (apologies, but it really is there), cocoa and malt. Plenty of vanilla and a sprinkling of winter spice (nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon) alongside a mouth-watering hint of aniseed.

Palate: Very malty, creamy delivery with a suggestion of berry fruit. Juicy toasted barley, cloves and butterscotch. Manuka honey, hot-buttered-toast and dried apricot develop.

Finish: Medium length, spicy oak and a hint of peppermint on the tail.

Overall: According to the Monkey Shoulder website: "Some say it tastes just like riding bareback on the wild moors of Scotland with a flame haired maiden on Christmas morning. Others agree it tastes like 007 wearing a tuxedo wetsuit." This is whisky to be enjoyed.

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User Reviews of the Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Its the maltiest whiskey I have every tasted! Its just so malty. Almost overpoweringly malty. Other flavours sink into the background. If your a fan of the malty taste then its definitely worth trying when in a bar. I will be picking up a bottle.

16th November 2015


My favorite in that price range !

14th November 2015

Monkey Shoulder

Excellent! All family and friends take one sip and they are hooked

Problem where can I get it in the Irish Republic?

10th November 2015

Impressive for the price.

Has a punch, tasty and goes down smooth with no harsh aftertaste.. I will be keeping this in my cabinet.

5th November 2015

Good for everyday

For a blended scotch with no age statement this is legit. Strong and has a good overall speyside flavor. I've tried it over ice and with no ice and it just seems to fit no matter which way you try it. Definitely better than your popular name brand whisky.

18th October 2015

Good for beginner

Me as new drinker found that this is a very good start for everyone who would like to enter into a deeper whisky world. Really like it, sweet, and cheap.

13th October 2015

Punches above it's weight.

Keeping in mind it's a somewhat budget scotch, this three malt blend is a standout. I fail to agree with the negative reviews People with closed palates don't make good scotch drinkers l guess.

28th September 2015

Surprisingly good

I generally drink Glenlivet or Glenfiddich, with a Laphroaig or Lagavulin thrown in from time to time for that fine old burned cotton flavor. While I'm not insensitive to the difference in 12-year-old and 15-year-old versions, I don't find that it's worth the extra $20 for everyday stuff.

Last night my liquor store was out of everything but 15-year-old Glenfiddich at $72 for the 750ml. I noticed this bottle of "Monkey Shoulder" for $35, and thought what the heck, a Scotch with a name like that deserves a try. I was pleasantly surprised. While it might not be up to the standard of some of the connoisseurs here, I find it's a cut above Dewar's, Cutty and Red Label in the same price range. If the Glenlivet is to you a barely-acceptable alternative to be drunk when proper Scotch isn't available, then don't waste your money. If, however, you're looking for a good medium-priced Scotch, you might find yourself agreeably surprised by this one.

This is as of fall 2015, however, and this appears to be a new brand. We all know that once the brand gets established as among the best in its price range, the makers are likely to gradually cheapen the blend. It might be a case of enjoy it while it's still enjoyable.

26th September 2015


just bought a bottle. It's that bad it needs coke or dry for me to be able to consume it.

18th September 2015

Perfect beginners scotch

I'm two bottles into this blend and it is quite palatable for the beginner in the "scotch" market. I've used it mainly for mixed drinks and it had produced satisfying results.

17th September 2015

Not so good

Started off nice but finishes rough. No complexity, no flavour. Not sure what to do with the rest of the bottle.

15th September 2015


I first tasted Monkey Shoulder in 2012 and it was quite an amazing bargain for something under $30. In 2013, I had one bottle that was a step above anything I had before, like a fine highland single malt. Since then, I've had bottles that tasted so light and bland and others that were just average. Perhaps their blending process from three single malts have too much variance as the single malts do differ from batch to batch and they are not blending it consistently. Nonetheless, it is a good quality scotch on average and if you get lucky, it can be something really special.

15th September 2015


I cannot, for the love of God, understand the positive reviews of this stuff. It's rough and cheap.

12th September 2015


Really good and smooth with great flavour, wish I could buy it for $30 in UK. I think the poor reviews are from US Philistines drinking neat or even worse on the rocks. Only way to drink Scotch is with a little Scottish water at room temperature.

9th September 2015


Let's just say: for those of you that compare this to vodka, you just don't know what you're talking about !! I tried this for the fist time several days ago. I'm a single malt scotch snob, but this triple blend blew me away ! I was impressed by the flavor and finish. For $30.00 per bottle, wow !

3rd September 2015


its smooth and easy to drink

3rd September 2015


As a novice scotch drinker this was by far the best scotch I've ever had (Walker Black-Dewar's-JB-Famous Grouse)a great-fruity-slight pettee flavor with an obvious anise/vanilla finish.

2nd September 2015

Good value for money

When I purchased monkey shoulder the very first time I was looking at spending around $50 as I normally drink single malt whisky I was going to try and find something I could drink on my own any night of the week without blowing the budget. Monkey shoulder at $41 it is the best value for money considering the fact that johnnie walker cost about the same. To all the whisky snobs "please compare apples with Apple's"

1st September 2015

Tony D

Don't listen to those snobs ! I've been drinking some of the best Scotches, this, for the the money is a 10!!! I was blown away by it's finish. Please don't buy any..I want more !

31st August 2015

Nice value, very drinkable

Over the past yr I have been exposed to about 20 different hi end scotches, ranging from 35.00 a bottle to 100.00 I play on a soccer team and we tailgate after the game and drink some scotch. Anyway, bought a bottle of this and it is quite good, easy all the way around and a fine choice to drink everyday.

Its around 30.00 a bottle and it has some of the qualities in the more expensive scotches that I had.

24th August 2015

Ignore the negative

If you look at the top 3 websites that review spirits, you will find over 300 4+ out of 5 star reviews, A's across the board from the professional reviewers... By any measure, this is an outstanding blend.

22nd August 2015

Nice surprise

My tastes for Scotch are centered in the Macallan 18, Walker Blue Label, Talisker Disliller's Edition and Laphroaig experiences. There was a sale on Monkey Shoulder at my local importer so I figured, "Why not?" This was certainly a nice surprise for the money. Initial nose is sweet orange and subtle spice, a bit vaporous. The first sip is deceptively light, making it hard to pin down exact flavors. But as it breathes in the glass (using a small snifter helps) the tastes start revealing themselves. Honey, dark citrus, vanilla and light spice begin coming through the more you drink. But what is especially delightful is the sweet finish. The mouth is coated with honey-sweetness that is actually enhanced by the higher alcohol heat. It doesn't linger long, but I found myself comparing the flavor to Highland Park or Macallan, just a bit hotter and not quite as sophisticated. But, boy, is it close. For the less than $30 I paid, I'm stocking up on this unique triple malt. Will also make a great gift!

21st August 2015


Don't get where all the good reviews are coming from. It's bad.

21st August 2015

Monkey Shoulder

Nose: malt and honey
Palate: sweet malty smooth lots of honey
Finish: short slight oak and spice

Good whisky and great value

10th August 2015

big disapointment

Based on good reviews I bought a bottle. But it proved a big disappointment. It tastes cheap.

7th August 2015

A Scotch lover's dream

Great taste, smooth from start to finish. The bad reviews must be from people with a palate of a mule!

4th August 2015

Vodka drinker's whiskey

I agree with the negative reviews below. I expect more taste and a heavier mouth feel from a whiskey. This is a vodka drinker's whiskey.

11th July 2015

great flavour

Pleasantly surprised by the smooth and sweet aftertaste.
I will buy it again.
Al those ridiculous negative reviewers are idiots.
I usually drink single malts, with the doublewood as my #1 favourite but also whiskies from around the world and Bourbons. I rarely buy blends, but this is one I will really be buying again. And I will recommend it to other REAL Whisky, Whiskey and Bourbon enthusiast!

6th July 2015

For the price, c'mon

idk what it takes for a person to not enjoy this. Take it for what it is, a fine blend. And at a good price. I think it's outstanding. It's just what I want to drink daily instead of the ones I would rather save. Know what I mean?

2nd July 2015

First time purchase a case to test it. <Made a good decison this time.

Great price for a blended whisky that blends flavor with taste. I can identify the tail hit of peppermint and the vanilla is on your first sip.

30th June 2015

Captain, S. Jones

This is to date the best blended whisky I have tried! I am a single malt drinker and rarely does a blend cross my lips. Monkey Shoulders has the maltiness I expect and enjoy in a quality whisky, with a smooth finish that lends itself to long sips. It pairs well with my favorite cigars or with a bowl of cavendish in my favorite briar. Monkey Shoulders has now become my standard whisky which I offer to guest. WELL DONE Mr. Grant!

28th June 2015

Monkey Shoulder

Normally drink Balvenie Doublewood but was bought Monkey Shoulder as a present. Very full and warm taste. A hint of peat on the nose but not overpowering. Lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable blend of 3 malts. Would buy if I was unable to get my Balvenie Doublewood or even for a change.

22nd June 2015

Monkey pi$$

Weak, thin, no mouth feel, no nose, no revealing flavours or character. Water annhilates even the wispy nothing that it tastes of neat. Ice? Well you might as well drink vodka. What is the point of a malt with no nose, no taste, no finish?

17th June 2015

Bland and flavourless

This is such a dull drink. Truly boring. No peat (obviously), no real malt either. Its very much reminiscent of Johnny Walker only JWB smells better and tastes of something at least. Boring boring bland. Perfect for the Chinese market I suppose. Avoid like the plague.

14th June 2015

I love the extreme reviews

This has been one of my favorites. I love that people say it's complete junk or absolutely fantastic. I'm one of the latter. This has been a favorite go-to for a moderately priced whisky. I too agree with others that there is some sweetness up front that lingers, but pleasantly so. Other tastes of pepper, orange, some honey, etc. A very moderate and enjoyable whisky that doesn't try too hard to be something it isn't. I find it to be an excellent value and better than others of it's price range.

14th June 2015


Was excited to try a blended or vatted malt. Love Glenfiddich and Balvenie is my current favorite - so how could a blend of three malts go bad? I tried it neat and had a burning alcohol sensation on first sip. I would have guessed it was a cask strength malt. Added some water and it calmed down a little. Finished it with ice. Don't think this will be my new everyday malt - for the price I'll by Glenmorangie 10 and enjoy my evening dram.

11th June 2015


Stay away from this whisky, i have tried A LOT of different whisky brand and this is not a matter of taste, there's just something very, very wrong with this piece of crap. It has a very intense smell of wet newspapers, damp cardboxes, i can smell mold and sweat. Yes, sweat, body odour witch lingers in your mouth even if you have a spicy meal after a dram! My God, worse spend money on whisky EVER, i hope that this kind of dissapointment never happens again.

10th June 2015's scotch.

Really surprised by the rather extreme variations in scores. They must be doing something right.
IMHO, very sweet up front with little cereal to be seen. With the aroma of sicilian orange zest having (briefly!) shared the air with a freshly shaved white truffle, black pepper from...let's say, Moldovian pepper and tanned hide of Angus.
A pretty good whisky, and the best I've seen in the price range.

10th June 2015

Truly Bad

I thought I had a bad bottle; Nope, others gave the same malt with drain cleaner finish. Guess someone likes it.

8th June 2015


Absolutely excellent - I will never understand the 1 star reviews, they make no sense.

6th June 2015

Down the drain it went

Did not like it. Quality is far below par at this price level. After sitting for months in my whisky cabinet I put it where it belongs: down the drain.

4th June 2015

not nice

I bought a bottle and I can say it was dull tasteles and I tasted malted blends before and they were a lot better than this one. I was brought up on good drinking malts blended and single malts by my grandfather and he was italian.By the way I was born and bread in Edinburgh and Im Scottish.If it had been 70%proof and not 40%proof it would get my vote but they killed it by watering it down.

3rd June 2015


I did not enjoy this at all! I bought it because all the rave reviews about it. It was utterly disappointing. All malts? Really? Must be bad ones then. For the money much better scotch can be had.

1st June 2015


I'm not really a fan of scotches but this one is brilliant.
I found it was similar to a bourbon. There was a certain sweetness that was not too much - a truly lovely whiskey

1st June 2015

Good for the price

i found monkey sholder on the rocks to be a great drop for the price. Most scotches I drink are in the $100-200 range and have been looking for a cheaper drop for awhile Happy with monkey sholder

29th May 2015

Average joe

I was in the supermarket looking for a cheapish whisky to try and saw this on offer so rang a friend who I knew had mentioned trying this. He said "yea it was good, from what I remember anyway...". To cut a long story slightly shorter - it's crap. Bought it, sipped it, hated it. Not sure I would describe it as pure alcohol taste as some reviewers have, but it doesn't have anything going for it and has a weird aftertaste. Planned to keep it for when non-whisky drinkers were around but ended up drinking most of it myself in order to preserve the finer malts.

Simply put, it tastes like a generic £13 young blend... no names.

The only caveat being that this review is based on one bottle. A bottle which looked/felt decidedly cheap I might add (with the plastic monkeys peeling off the shoulder).

27th May 2015


I am a connoisseur of fine whiskeys, and usually purchase a Malt Scotch around $100. The Monkey Shoulder is about half of what I pay. This is my experience. I poured one shot of Monkey's on the rocks in a bourbon glass. I took a sip within seconds, and experienced a sharp burnt honey malt flavor and very strong alcohol aromas. Not comparable to my usual experience of a single malt. So I let the glass "breathe" for about 3 minutes in the ice. My second sip was completely different. Melting chocolate on the tongue with a honey malt aftertaste and the smell of cinnamon. Delightful. The woman I was drinking with also agreed about to let the Monkey sit on the rocks for a few minute. The Monkey needs to breathe in order to bring out the fragrance and flavors. For the price, this is good value, and I recommend the Monkey.

22nd May 2015


I don't get the good reviews. It's horrible.

16th May 2015


For the first time I poured a bottle down the drain. It's cheap and tastes cheap. I think the 'refined connoiseur' below has dissolved his taste buds...

16th May 2015


great taste and value for money

14th May 2015

Don't know what that is

I guess you get what you paid. Not Impressed

10th May 2015

Review from the refined connoisseur Cat

Smells like scotch, tastes like scotch!

9th May 2015


Not recommended at all. Cheap alcohol taste.

25th April 2015


This is lovely, really enjoying it. My favourite recent bottle was a Jura Prophesy. But this was half the price but certainly not half the enjoyment.

21st April 2015

Bad batch?

Initially I came here to write a negative review and give this monkey no 'shoulder' to lean on, but after seeing many positive reviews I'm beginning to think I just had a bad bottle. Mine was flat of taste, with little going on except for the alcohol, making it more of a vodka experience to drink. I strongly suspect I had a bad bottle. Giving this whisky the benefit of the doubt, I'll try it again if someone else I know offers me a glass to compare it to the bottle I had.

17th April 2015

Not Scotch but nice

I like it and could drink lots of it. A lovely blend with good flavour, but it has lost the bright highlights of Speyside Malts. A great whiskey intro, which won't put off the newbies from trying stronger flavours. Start here and explore the world of whiskey!

3rd April 2015

no grain = all malt home run

how can someone say it has a 'vodka' taste to it? not a drop of grain, right? anyways, great neat and great with a drop of pure water. don't think i'd ever use this in a cocktail. highly recommended! often on sale in PA for under $30

29th March 2015

First Taste

It was $5 off at the Pennsylvania State Store so I gave it a try. Very smooth and full of flavor. I miss that it does not have a burn but it makes it up in its elegance. Definitely thumbs up.

22nd March 2015

Value value value

This is one of the best for a sub €25 budget. Easily accessible but not shallow. Bottle was bought over a year ago though so no indication if new batches are out and of the same quality...

20th March 2015

Fantastic value for money

This blend stands up to be enjoyed as a neat dram. Good flavour and great value for money. For me much better than a Jonny walker and a number of single malts I have on my shelf.

15th March 2015


Trying it for the first time, some friends told me it is exellent.

4th March 2015

An easily affordable tipple

Whilst not boasting the qualities of some nicer blended scotch whiskys, we must remind ourselves that we are paying just under £25 for this bottle - making it, in my opinion, very reasonable!

As an easy drinking house scotch I think this does very well, sweet on the palate but with a bit of spice on the finish. I feel I would need to have that Scottish experience detailed by Monkey Shoulder before I could make a comparison - maybe you could sponsor it!

25th February 2015

Fantastic scotch

was bought this for my birthday last year and keep stocking up! Have to keep the bottles as well as they are beautiful!
Recommended for the general whiskey drinker!

20th February 2015

very nice

Tried it out last night at me pals, bottle empty this morning :)

16th February 2015

El cheapo

It tastes rough and cheap. Wodka-ish,if you like. I will not buy this again as there are better brands to be had for this money.

4th February 2015


Received a bottle as a birthday present so you may think I it's churlish, but I find it very bland.
I don't get anything from it. My preference is for peaty stuff from the Western Isles! Islay, Jura for example.
Had I bought this for myself I would have felt cheated.

30th January 2015

...this will work.

New to the scotch scene. Love the Balvenie but for about half the price, Monkey Shoulder will work for a everyday dram. Can taste the Balvenie influence but just a touch more heat, but nothing bad. Would recommend and picking up another bottle while it's on sale!!

29th January 2015

monkey shoulders

Bought first bottle today...fantastic

16th January 2015

Christine Abbott

My son-in-law gifted me a bottle of Monkey Shoulder last year. Great stuff!!! I plan to purchase a couple of bottles as gifts for friends.

1st January 2015

Used to be great

I used to use this as a startup whisky. It was smooth and tasted great. A quality spirit. But the last 3 bottles I bought were not up to spec. One bad bottle I can cope with, but 3? This was my last bottle as the quality is not there anymore.
It's so bad that I compared it with Famous Grouse. The Grouse came out better. Proof to me that they went with younger spirit to create this blended malt. Shame on them. Not recommended!

23rd December 2014

Monkey Pieaus

Terrible. Spend an extra 10-15 american and get a bottle of 10 yo Jura. Have that and then tell me you'll ever waste your money on this again. I wish I could return it. Terrible.

20th December 2014

House Scotch

I keep two bottles of this whisky in my house at all times. It's a nice everyday whisky for the working man. I can only drink the expensive shit on holidays and birthdays. I'm actually going to the McAllister Christmas party tonight and I plan on getting loaded on Ledaig and Tobermory. No that you gaf.

20th December 2014

James Nagel

Very Nice.. Really Smooth - Will make anyone a scotch lover...

17th December 2014

bomb ass fuck

Such a delicious dram it tastes like 100 dollar malt I can't stop coming back to it lol a must try for malt lovers.

17th December 2014

looking for that fudgy taste

Please tell me iv found wat Iv been looking for we went to the whiskey sessions in Manchester last month & was trying the tasters & was wondering if this is it were u there & does it taste like fudge

16th December 2014


Smels like illegal cheap vodka. No taste, no nothing.
Only for mixing with cola. Not recommend.

16th December 2014

Delish Blend!

Doesn't taste like a blend, but a blend of single malts. It appears that somehow there is a consistency problem with so many bad reviews and so many glowing reviews. Taste like Balvenie or Glenrothes with some Glenmorangie in there - smooth, sweet and delicious. Some sherry in there with a big floral nose. What a deal!

13th December 2014

Soft and Juicy

A soft and juicy malt with some cereal and caramel notes. Apple pie with ice cream on the palate with cinnamon, nutmeg and threshing room floor. It's really soft and refreshing with lovely balance and not heavy or overly rich. Really good balance and a sweet toffee finish.

13th December 2014

Honey & Malt!

I think the tasting notes 'overall' comments sums its up brilliantly. It's one of those whiskies which you will either love or hate depending on what your looking for. Personally I find it quite easy to drink with enough flavour to entertain me, although it will be one of the more simpler blends in my opinion, nothing complex here. Good mix of malt and honey on the tongue and the taste lingers around for a long enough time which I enjoy with not too much spice on the tail.

For the price you'll pay, you'll struggle to find a better blend for the money.

12th December 2014

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentle Blend

I get lime, peppermint, fennel and allspice on the nose. Youthful fisticuffs break out between clementines, sherry, toffee, cloves and malted milk balls. The finish is more peaceful: butterscotch lingers with a little peppermint - a bit like Dr Pepper. It's an easy-going whisky in the end. I'm not sure the flavours are entirely harmonious, but it's an enjoyable dram and very good value for money.

12th December 2014


Definitely very creamy, both in arome (very nice) and in taste (interesting but maybe bit overkill). Heh, yes, there is a bit of vomit aftertaste after a while, but only if you really think about it, and it's faint. I'd say very interesting choice for fan of exploring different whiskeys, especially for the price.

12th December 2014

pretty bomb smooth

I don't why people are complaining this is bomb and I tried many malts this is a blend of 3 malts but taste like a single malt

5th December 2014

Gut Rot!

This stuff comes on lovely, then ... all of a sudden ... hits you with the god-awful taste of stale jock strap (don't ask how I recognize the taste)!

I'm carting up the bottle and taking it back to the liquor store.

3rd December 2014

Good whisky

If you're looking for a fascinating captivating whisky well maybe this one isn't it. But for the money it's fantastic, certainly wouldn't turn down a glass. Be a good one to introduce a newbie to whisky.

2nd December 2014

Starts out ok...

It starts out ok, but finishes with an aroma and taste reminiscent of vomit. Adding water doesn't help, and neither does trying it a few months after opening. Very disappointed.

30th November 2014


Monkeys smell like the working class, but taste like a patissier. A grainy bouquet of home-made beer, bread and chalk (& pear on the horizon) is greeted by a sweet palate of caramel, toffee and candy.

26th November 2014

Sir Lobo Sevo

I fell in love with Haighs Dimple on my first visit to Glasgow for Hogmanay 1956. I am older and wiser now. If there is a whisky better than Monkey Shoulder, in the same price range. THEN I AM A MONKEY' UNCLE. I absolutley love it.

24th November 2014

It tastes like whiskey....

Nice looking bottle, nothing special about the whiskey.
I bought it because I liked the bottle. It's amazing how if you fill a fancy looking bottle with the very cheapest brandy everyone in the room suddenly turns into a whiskey tasting expert, and they never say it's rubbish! I highly recommend buying this for the bottle.

15th November 2014

Good Stuff - Good Price

Especially if you dont want to dip into your Balvenie Doublewood all the time.

24th October 2014

Hasn't somehow twigged that there must be bottle variation?

I know good scotch from bad, and both bottles of the Monkey Shoulders i've had have have delicious, if not particularly characterful - reminiscent, in fact, of Dewars 12 - but rather more intense. This blended malt is then, unsurprisingly, a perfect scotch for cocktails and casually getting loaded. As advertised, by the makers, I might add - as well as many of the reviewers. Meanwhile, the reviews are, statistically, a classic `brassiere curve' with maxima at 1 and 4 stars. WAKE UP LADS AND LASSIES bottle variation often occurs when a new blend is being established - for a multitude of fairly obvious reasons including fluctuations in constituent malt supply, manufacturer tinkering, chaotic and faulty shipping and storage as markets are being established - the list goes on. I'm sure that if we keep buying the stuff, the Grant boys will settle it down - and we'll be blessed with a terrific value in under $40 classic booze - my `house malt' until someone makes something better.

24th October 2014

Elegantly wasted

This is sublime stuff indeed...there's a lot going on here and it's almost a psychedelic rainbow of tastes...a skilled blend that reminds you of some of your favourite old friends you can't quite name...I'm shamefully at the time in my mid life when I can afford my indulgences and this is my "go to bed" tipple...sends me to a peaceful conclusion with a half read Russian novel ... Life rarely gets better

22nd October 2014

A great bar scotch

This isn't going to convert any hardcore single malt imbibers, nor is it meant to, I think. I can pick this up in the local airport duty-free shop (Malaysia) for the equivalent of about US$32 for a liter. At that price point, it absolutely delivers. I'll never pick this over some of my favored Japanese and Scotch single malts and blends for drinking with just a few drops of water. But for more creative drinks, I think this is a winner. I add a tiny bit of homemade ginger syrup and top up with mineral water (or soda) and it's really drinkable that way (perhaps dangerously so). The spicy bourbon-like character of the dram lends itself well to a bit of ginger, and I think this is a fine malt blend to experiment with for highballs and cocktails. Leave your single malt snobbery at the door for a night and give this one a whirl. That fancy Bruichladdich and your prized 18-year-old Speyside will still have you back tomorrow, don't fret.

12th October 2014


This whisky seems to divide us into two distinct categories, I am firmly in the 'Yes! Absolutely delightful' group.

My experience of malts is restricted to under £100/bottle, my preference when buying for myself is around £25. For me, good whisky is not determined by heritage, tradition, or numbers (age or proof); good whisky is something I enjoy drinking in a relaxed manner, preferably in good company. Whisky is also a matter of personal preference. My preference is for Speyside rather than Island malts, Glendronach from sherry casks is my favorite, however Monkey Shoulder is the bottle I most frequently buy - it's quite similar even if less distinct. Another reviewer described it perfectly in the following terms: Taste: creamy, subtle sweet sherry vibe (fruityish), cinnamon spicy, very very light hint of smoke at the tail end.

Since discovering this tipple, I find the business of choosing a whisky really straightforward. If the retailer stocks it, I buy it, if not, I leave empty handed knowing that I will find it elsewhere.

Being un-snobbish about whisky, I also enjoy the break with tradition that this brand offers.

27th September 2014


Batch 27, you have to be kidding. I want my money back and extra for the trauma of tasting this poison.

19th September 2014

Toeach their own

Keep in mind that all whiskies are different and each person has a different palate.

18th September 2014

Am I tasting the same whisky??

Not sure if I purchased a dud dram, but the whisky I'm tasting is nothing to boast about. On the nose I find a strong alcoholic wind tainting my airways, followed by at most the thought of burnt cedar. But when on to the palate, very alcohol forward as expected, followed by an empty mid palate, and finished with a strong medicinal, metallic, pungent almost foot like taste. I've never tasted a dram so unappealing. I feel as though I must have either found a bad bottle, or everyone else is lying.

14th September 2014

The Fox

great bang for buck! over one ice cube for best result!

7th September 2014

Rob Martin

Put simply: simply wonderful!

23rd August 2014

A very credible malt Scotch whisky, huzzah

This is a fine malt Scotch whisky. Recommend drinking with just a little water, or a cube or two; keep coke, ginger ale, etc. OUT of it; this is a nice single malt and deserves better treatment than that. I had a hard time finding it in the US after discovering it in Scotland last year; finally bought a six bottle case at the local ABC store (can't buy a single of it in my state). It has a very pleasing and full nose and taste, without getting quirky.
NOTE: This is not a blended Scotch whisky, but rather a Blended MALT Scotch whisky; no corn, wheat, or other grains used, only malted barley. Each of the three single malts used is probably aged 3-5 years.

19th August 2014

monkey shoulder batch 27

loved it till the last drop drunken monkey

17th August 2014

Monkey Shoulder

I guess, I should feel lucky getting it locally for under $27/.75L. @43% it's a little harsh, but with a twist in a good way. Well, I generally believe the "magic" 40% of alcohol lets judging the taste the best. There are exceptions of course, but Monkey Shoulder ain't one of them. Still it's a good value for under $27/bottle.

15th August 2014


Lovely sweet, malty, rich. Very nice neat or over a little ice. The good qualities of both Balvenie and Glenfiddich.

31st July 2014

For my taste.. My new goto!

Aeberlour 12, glenfidich 15, balvenie double wood, Caribbean cask, glenlevit 15, glenmorangie lansanta, and Ruben, monkey shoulder... Personally, these whiskies all have a similar character.

Monkey Shoulder, fits the bill.... Nice, affordable, blended scotch. Been on the hunt for this!

creamy, subtle sweet sherry vibe (fruityish), cinnamon spicy, very very light hint of smoke
at the tail end, added this to the shelf.
If you like the ones I listed before my thoughts.

Highly recommended.

29th July 2014


Loved it!!! Smooth when poured gently over a single ice cube. Good nose and no difficult follow through. Am usually a single malt drinker, but this blend is an awesome introduction to masterly blended whiskey

10th July 2014

Experiment !

I am a cook. I took all the ingredients of Monkey Shoulder's "Nose" and mixed them together. Then I did the same for the "Palate" and "Finish" From the "Nose" concoction I inhaled deeply, from the Palate (with the aid of a drop of distilled water) I sipped and then, for a moment, lingered expectant of the promised finish and ready to compare with my third potion of orange, etc.
I wasn't disappointed, the experience was almost exactly the same as sampling a dram of your excellent Monkey Shoulder, (only without the burn of alcohol)
Your taster's are almost bang on in they'yr nomenclature, Though may I suggest for the "Finish" to add a drop of morning dew from the horn of a sleeping Unicorn !!

9th June 2014

navel perhaps

Not much above mid chest and definitely below the shoulder.
It is a blend and comparable to others in the price point. A GOOD Walker is better but I would not mix with Johnny. Probably really good as a top shelf mixer but do not expect much if drinking alone. Perhaps clean/clear ice carved from pristine Antarctic glaciers would allow the Monkey to properly blossom?

29th May 2014

From Sweden again

Great whiskey for the money, dont taste like blended att all, sweet, full in flawor, taste fruti, taste apple and more Just great!

25th April 2014

I'v just realised that heaven can be found in whisky.

I'v just discovered that my pallet has developed enough to enjoy malt whiskies and I purchased a small sample bottle from asda of your Monkey Shoulder.....I found it very very nice and on a par with the best I'v tasted. Next stop full bottle....Spot on. I must come and visit you.

25th April 2014

From Sweden

Hi all!

This whiskey is ok, it dont have a big bodey, but it is good for the price. Smooth and fruity and taste good. No long aftertaste but still it have a great taste. My points is 82/100

24th April 2014


LOVE it, it's my favorite. Doesn't taste like "blended" whiskey. I drink it neat and enjoy every drop.

31st March 2014

First scotch wife liked

MS first scotch wife liked that we haved tasted in Scotland

28th March 2014

First off...

Monkey Shoulder is not a blended Scotch, but rather is what has come to be officially termed a "blended malt Scotch," meaning it contains NO grain whisky, only single malts, specifically Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie (three of William Grant's Dufftown distilleries). Some of the commenters here may well be tasting the cratur at bottled strength, with predictably disappointing results. Adding even a few drops of unchlorinated water to the whisky has the (usually beneficial) effect of what professional noses call "opening the nose" of the dram. Fundamentally, the slight dilution thus provided changes the relative volatility of the various aromatic components of the distillate, which affects the flavor. Personally, I find Monkey Shoulder to be a liquid substitute for a sweet dessert, and a very satisfying substitute indeed. Kudos to Grant's resident "nose."
Keith Töpfer

26th March 2014


I received this as a gift from a coworker who visited Scotland two weeks ago. At first I was a little resistant as I had never heard of it before. However, once I got my first taste......I am hooked. The palate is amazing. The flavor are evenly balanced in a smooth, creamy , nutty concoction that will leave you wanting more. I have been a fan of another scotch for the last 32 years. Monkey Shoulder just became my number one poison. Well done.

21st March 2014


Just purchased a bottle for the first time. The bottle itself caught my eye and the spelling of Wisky, (not local), plus color and font lending to an underscore of the description from the label and encouraged my purchase. Now,that's the outside. Thought you might want to know what got me try this particular blended Scotch. I will review the inside shortly.

15th February 2014

Displeased - Nose and Palate are similar to rubbing alcohol or vodka, finish is short and dull, has unpleasant 'bite' at back of throat

The negative comments here scared me, but when I saw how many positive ones there were, I thought "surely there must be something to this." But now, having tried this whisky, I must say I agree with the negative comments.

I'm by no means an expert, but my last 15 or so bottles of scotch have all been single malts from a variety of regions and styles. My palate is more sensitive than it used to be and I can easily say this blended single malt is near the bottom.

It has a little smoke, which I like (I'm a big fan of the Islay malts), but here are the downsides: The nose has a sharp "rubbing alcohol" smell (almost reminds me of smoky vodka) that overpowers the other softer notes which may have otherwise been pleasant - for example, there's a little smoke / oak smell, but again - overpowered by the alcohol/vodka.

The palate is very similar to the nose - a sharp vodka/alcohol taste as it hits the tongue. There are hints of better flavor underneath that bite, but they're unable to break through.

The finish is also unpleasant. It fades very quickly, and I'm left with an unpleasant "alcohol" finish I'd normally associate with a cheap "party" whisky rather than a scotch. Only difference is I get a little bit of oak / smoke.

Since this is a single malt blend from some well known distillieries, my thoughts are it was either made from reject barrels and/or extremely immature barrels - aka 1 day over the 3 year minimum :).

You get what you pay for, I guess.

12th February 2014

A great blend! A better price!

I was incredibly surprised by how good this was! Much better than any other blends at this price range. It's incredibly smooth and a great introductory scotch, I would say it's like the Maker's Mark of scotch, in that it is smooth and easy drinking and someone who says they don't like scotch, but likes whiskeys in general would enjoy it.

20th January 2014

Way better than branded blends

Well my wife just polished this off saying it was far superior to the Grant's blend I buy for her whisky mac! it is very palatable creamy and smooth for a blend, okay so not a single malt but blends seem to mask complexity rather than bringing more to the glass. i usually add water to a blend, or ice, no need here - on offer in Sainsburys at £23 a good price, but not great value at £30.

9th January 2014


A great whiskey and for a blend almost as good as Teachers

1st January 2014

Superb value

Lovely smooth taste. I like blends and this compares to Johnnie Walker Gold label at twice the price. Just going to pour another, a lovely easy drink.
Henry Bebop

27th December 2013


I saw the bottle on the lower shelf ,the monkeys caught my eye,the colour look good,i read the label,saw the price,purchased a bottle,that evening opened it,love it,drank almost half a bottle,woke next morning blurred eyes,that evening did it all over again,love it.
Just to let you folks know ,it was the weekend with loads of football.
Viva the monkeys and Cape Town South Africa

1st November 2013

One of the best blends at sub $40 USD

A smooth and tasty easy-drinker. Not incredibly complex, but the overall flavor more than makes up for it. Top of its class at this price point. Total bargain.

1st November 2013

Good buy in ASDA !!

Whilst preferring single malts , this is a smooth Speyside mix, and a bargain at £20 in Asda's Aberdeen!!

1st October 2013

maybe I have come across a bad batch or tainted bottle

help,maybe holding on to a bottle for a few months allowed it to spoil,something is wrong

14th September 2013

Utterly disapppointed! Monkey P!ss more like.

As a seasoned single malt drinker, big fan of speyside particularly Glenfiddich 15, Aberlour A'bunadh, Balvenie Signature, Glenturret, Linkwood 15, Glenfarclas 105 etc, I wanted to take a step into the world of blends. Try and find a reasonable every day tot perhaps. Maybe curiosity got the cat a little, too.

This should have been the perfect one for me, the bottle raves about three whiskys from Speyside.....

But how wrong could I be, the nose is no better than Bell's and upon tasting it cannot believe there is no grain. What a waste of single malts creating this rubbish.

If you like your Speysides stay well away, spend a few quid more on Glenfiddich 15, probably the best supermarket single under £40 and regularly £30 at T's. Or spend £40 and get Aberlour A'bunadh, ten times the whisky this.

If you are a Grouse drinker and want to step up, same advice.

Basically nobody should waste their hard earned on this.

11th September 2013


At first, a sharp insecticidal taste. Not at all smooth. Later, more tolerable. Won't buy another bottle. Back to my favorite single malt, The Dalmore.

31st August 2013


Waitrose had this knocked down to £16 (yes, I know...) so I thought I would try it. I buy very few blends and normally have a cupboard full of single malts, but this keeps pace with those and is an amazing blend. The Balvenie shines through in this mix but isn't dominant - pure genius in my opinion and the price is crazy.

29th July 2013

My First Foray Into Whiskys

My introduction into whisky. This was a good start. A solid taste, not the smoothest. But easy enough to drink neat.

12th July 2013

Sweet, fruity, inoffensive.

Not complex, but nothing about it is bad.

It has a hint of spice which makes me think of Johnny Walker Red label (if it were good).

It's a good value and has a nice creamy body. The sweet maltiness and pleasant fruity flavor of a basic Speyside is what this is all about.

12th July 2013

Scotsman in China!

No kidding lads and lassies, this is a treat, I bought one for the first time whilst looking for something new to try, but I struggled to find one that appealed to me, so I bought this one for the quirky three little monkeys stuck on the side of the bottle. I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried it, I think (and I know we all have different tastes) it's probably the nicest reasonably priced whisky I've tasted!.....Never tried it? take a leap of faith!

21st June 2013

Apple Tree

This is a fantastic blend, after picking up a bottle in a supermarket and seeing the label 'Triple Malt' on offer I was sceptical, having had my fingers burned with pure malt blends in the past that were car crashes of flavours! First taste was promising, with a mixer this is pure nectar and rewrites the rules (do not abuse this with cola!), but in a true serve with a few drops of water it opens up and gives out beautiful citrus openers, before becoming textures of rich classic oak aged flavours, but a warm aftertaste. When you research the blend, it comes back as William Grants mucking about with the three malt distilleries they own, glenfiddich, balvenie (both pretty hit and miss at times) and kininvie

30th May 2013

Wajahat khan

Excellent blend smooth and supple.

19th May 2013

Excellent for what it is...

The bad reviews here are funny--this is not a single malt, nor should it be compared to one. This just became available locally (Los Angeles, USA), and I think it is very nice. It seems they are trying to go after Bourbon and Irish Whiskey more with this one. This something affordable that can be quaffed quickly, implemented into a cocktail or enjoyed slowly. It's versatile and not offensive in any way. The price is right as well. Scotch Whisky lovers should be celebrating this brand because it is a great spokesproduct for the industry.

1st May 2013

Monkeys fooled me

Obviously many eat too many take aways with spices. Taste alters no longer able to Taste Simplicity's subtleness. I am not "expert" in whisky. Yet tasted Auchentoshan 3 woods, Jack Daniels, Balvenie : loved them all. Here like rare Connoisseur palates write it, there is no COMPLEXITY in flavour, it is like I am drinking water flavoured with whisky. Smooth is sure. Water is smooth. Rich is nonsense.
So from now on, I will trust my instinct : keep faithful to the Brands I love. I trusted the reviews and instead of buying a Balvenie I bought the monkeys. It is drinkable but it is not worth more than 10 GBP. You need to be hungry to taste the real complexity of bread. Same for whisky. Monkeys can monkey real whiskys but only once in my case.

27th April 2013


Very good, THE Netjerlands

25th April 2013

Really, Really Good!

Great taste neat with a couple drops of water, SUPERB! Would recommend to anybody & everybody! Go Grant!

13th April 2013


A good whiskey , tried it first time , very satisfied.

23rd March 2013

Made for mixing

Unfortunately I bought this in the hope of finding a cheaper option to the mid range single malts. It isn't for me, no complexity, no length on finish, no taste. If you look at their web site it is obvious they had cocktails in mind when they produced this.

11th March 2013

Rating it a 9

I believe its great value for money.

15th January 2013


great whisky, surprisingly complex and deliciously upfront.

15th January 2013

In 2013 it's different now.

Gone is the sweetness, the hint of liqueurs, the appealing taste of a whisky which can be shared with everyone. Now we only have a harsh blended which is now massively overpriced for what it is. When did these reviewers make their reviews? I bet when the labe said "Triple Malts" not Batch 27!

10th January 2013

Mr Jon gives Monkey shoulder 10

I've had a bottle of monkey shoulder given to me as a present before Christmas.
As a blend i can recommend this one. For me it has a nice smooth taste with no aftershock.
It's no single malt, however i would recommend you give it a try.

26th December 2012

Very mellow

Very mellow, nice dram - for a virgin whiskey drinker, this is a very, very soft and mellow tipple; with just enough sharp hit to make it worthwhile.

A very nice effort for less than £30.

27th October 2012

Inoffensive, that's it

This is not a bad tasting whisky. In fact it has little flavor to taste. It is very mild, smooth and slightly sweet. I detected no interesting or stimulating flavors. It seems absent of any peat whatsoever. I would only recommend this as a starter Scotch to introduce the pleasures of Scotch whisky to a younger person who may be intimidated by a peatier more flavorful dram. If you already enjoy Scotch skip this insipid stuff and if you're looking for a tasty, economical blend pick up some Teachers.

13th September 2012

Islay Guru

I paid £25 for this and have to say I thought it good value. Don`t often drink blends or Speysides for that matter(Black Bottle, favourite blend)but I would buy this again.Nice one Granty !!

13th August 2012


A fantstic value for money blend, it offers a lot on the palate when conampred to the more generic blends such as Grant's own, Grouse and the foundation of all whisky evil - Bells. This is one that I keep in my collection constantly and it fits right in there with all my single malts, a great dram.

6th August 2012

sweet, maybe too sweet

Not a bad scotch blended malt (mix of three single malts from Grants), but a little bit too sweet, it's all toffee and vainilla and too little oak. it must be matured for not so much time and clearly in bourbon casks

5th August 2012

Drams (continued)

Ian: " The monkey shoulder blend is Unbelievable. On its own fantastic with water just as good!!"

9th May 2012


Bought some samples for my father and his mates to try in South Africa as it is not available there yet (I believe they have just released Monkey Shoulder in USA?) I am already a convert and luckily purchased my full bottle from MoM before they sold out. Can't go wrong at £22/bottle. Unbelievable value. Definitely my new favourite blend (I would usually drink Johnnie Walker Black if I was to drink a blend but not any more) Hurry up and get some stock back in - you may need it soon. Here is what the "Ballies" in South Africa had to say:
Dad: "very very good. 84 rating" (Whisky Bible? if you pay attention to these ratings)
Ian: "..."

8th May 2012

Mr B

Very surprised saw this in Asda at £23 a bottle best £23 ever spent.

3rd February 2012

Not for me

I see all these reviews with 4+ stars (8+ rating), and therefor I felt the need to express my own experience which is totally the opposite.
I only had 1 glass (which I did not finish) and gave the bottle away, for me it was way too easy to drink. Too sweet in my opinion, especially the palate.

2nd January 2012


I'm a born liar.

28th December 2011


Having read all the reviews I will not open my bottle but leave it to my sons on my demise.

28th December 2011


Srooling over this gem... A complexity hidden behind a simplicity. Can't ask for a better casual swig!

13th November 2011


This is a surprise.. why? ,because it is GOOD. Another great surprise is the buying price.Easy to drink as a regular dram. Not usually fond of blends, but his is a blend of whiskies that unite in unique synergy!!

3rd October 2011


Superb........... Enough said.......

6th June 2011


bought this out of curiousity and drank it in a month, not me but everyone that tried it wanted more. I love single malts and the only blend I usually buy is Black Grouse or Black Bush, not any more. Try it, you will not be dissapointed, I wasnt.

1st March 2011


Simply the best

25th February 2011


just love the taste of this

29th January 2011

Just Gill

I loved this Scotch with a capital S

29th January 2011


Never been keen on blended whiskies ,but this one is a winner The price is a bonus the spice and sweetness just great 10/10.

16th January 2011


Wow I have never recommended a malt before but this is stunning! I have £70+ bottles that are not as good.. for me the you can really taste the balvenie, which is no bad thing... try it! you will not find a better <£30 blend

9th December 2010

Top Monkey

This is the best example of a blended malt I have ever tasted.

17th November 2010


One of the best whiskeys you can buy! better than most single malts

16th September 2010


One of the best blended whisky as is consists of three single malts.

5th July 2010


One of the best !!

3rd March 2010


very nice for he price

31st October 2009

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