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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

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

Powerful Islay influence.

Tastes almost like Laphroaigh. Too much Islay malt in it for my liking. The normal Monkey Shoulder is a better buy.

16th April 2020

Best avoided if you don't want to have aftertaste all night.

Pretty much the worst peated whisky I've tasted in recent times. Quite clearly for cocktails. The unpeated version is ok though....

11th March 2020


Interesting blend, I quite liked it, smokey quite smooth for a NAS. It's alright, but there's better for the money.

29th November 2019

A delicious drink ...

Never thought I'd see a 'blended' single malt .... but I did! And I DID like the taste .... So smooth, almost sweet .... Delicious!

4th November 2019


Good price for a peaty blended, great to introduce friends to a peated drink!

31st October 2019

Great quality to price ratio

This is a surprisingly good quality whiskey, particularly when you take price into consideration. Very balanced easy drinking. Gets 5 stars for value beating many more expensive options.

26th September 2019

to buy


23rd September 2019


Lost 4 words this as got to be amongst the best I've tasted from the moment you pop the Cork the smokey aroma from the bottle you just know it's gunna be the bee's but don't take my word go out and get a bottle I definitely gunna purchase another

6th September 2019

Smokey monkey

I had to try this whisky & I was not disappointed, my favorite smokey, peat whisky of all, is the 12 year old Talisker,& with this one, you will be truely impressed,with the quality, taste & price,

20th August 2019

Really Good!

I don't often put a review up but felt the need with for this one.

I came across this bottle on MOM by chance and have had the original monkey shoulder before and enjoyed it.

As soon as I opened up the bottle you instantly get a warm woody smell. Not too overpowering but enough to realise this was a good choice.

The taste likens to laphroaig and I was very surprised. The taste isn't too overpowering either and really enjoyable, so much so I had another!

Definitely a good everyday drinking whisky in my opinion.

One I would recommend as the price is very keen aswell.

27th December 2018

Very peaty

This has got to be a favourite. It has a wonderful peaty flavour and is blended to perfection. £30 a bottle is good value. I might buy a whole one!!

10th December 2018

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