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Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey

(70cl, 40%)

Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey

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Monkey Shoulder Smokey Bottling Note

A peaty variant of the excellent Monkey Shoulder blended malt! This expression retains all the elements that make it great for use in cocktails and mixed drinks, with the addition of soft peaty hints running through it. Ought to be good in a Penicillin cocktail or served with ginger ale...

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Honeydew melon, flamed orange peel, a touch of Frazzles.

Palate: Vanilla sits at the core, its earthy notes bolstered by the peat running alongside it. Still enjoyably fruity.

Finish: Toffee Crisp bars and the last wafts of drying smoke.

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Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey Reviews

It’s ok

It’s not bad, but it’s not laphroaig. I’m just glad that a lot of people don’t overrate it like the original monkey shoulder.

16th March 2021


What an absolutely horrible drink, tastes like someone has put out a cigarette in my drink.

19th February 2021

Smokey is an understatement

It literally tastes like they’ve bottle up bonfire smoke. Horrendous

26th January 2021


Horrendous. Subtle flavours of bonfire and burnt barbecue, no more please.

24th January 2021

Smokey enough

Fair enough for the taste and price,much better than I expected

21st January 2021

More than I expected

Let's start from the beginning: Monkey Shoulder is my favorite whiskey.. I drink it a couple of years, I always have 2 bottles on my bar.
Then I heard about the "peat" version of it, that made me exited.
I also love peated whiskey's, so I bought a bottle.
Like someone wrote here before: it does remind the Laphroaig, bit more smoother, more taste notes and not so hursh..
Nice to have that one in my bar collection.))

4th December 2020

So disappointed!

This whisky was my first ever peated whisky and the name is definitely correct...Smokey! My favourite ever whisky is the original monkeys shoulder so thought “what the hell may as well try it” For me it was as if they had bottled chimney smoke and that’s all I could taste, I couldn’t taste any honeydew melons, orange peel or vanilla as described above, I was expecting it to be smokey given the name, I just didn’t know how smokey. I did drink the full glass and it did grow on me (maybe had more to do with the amount of drink I had before trying this!) I wouldn’t buy a bottle personally but if it was bought as a present I would drink it but as a last resort when there was nothing else on the shelf!

27th June 2020

My first blend... back to single malts for me!

I suggested this to the wife for a father's day present, thinking it would be a slightly less expensive option than my usual single malt choices. I had high hopes, and while not totally dashed, I wished I'd just chipped in a bit extra myself.
The smokiness isn't pleasant, like the natural peat smoke you find in islay malts, it's more bonfire ash. Initially it isn't particularly strong, but It builds and overpowers any subtle flavours. It has quite a dry finish, rather than a smooth oiliness of say Lagavulin. The smell is artificial too and not that inviting. It reminds me of young Ledaig from Mull, which I wasn't too keen on either.
That said, it really benefits from a drip of water (it is a little harsh for me neat) and a few grains of sea salt. Then it mellows a bit, but it still lacks any complexity.
Don't get me wrong, bottle will be finished, but then it's back to Bowmore or Caol ila.

23rd June 2020

Good Starter for a mix

For a blend I thought it was very good smooth feel if this was a starting point i think it's a good first port of call, low peat notes

22nd June 2020

A smokey promise that almost delivers perfectly

As an avid fan of the original Monkey Shoulder, I find this A delightful addition to the Monkey Shoulder family. The same familiar caramel and vanilla notes with a feisty hit of peat which is strong on the nose, slightly muted on the palate (which was mildly disappointing) but lingers through a medium to long finish along with subtle Carmel covered chocolate notes.

Would definitely recommend for those used to lighter drams but looking to venture into the world of peat.

22nd May 2020

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