Every so often a new whisky will come around generating a lot of buzz. As much as I enjoy trying new bourbons and scotch, I tend to stick with a select handful to keep on my shelf. However, after several recommendations from store owners and managers to give Monkey Shoulder a try, I decided it would make for a great blind tasting night with the Society.
Monkey Shoulder has a very gentle nose. Notes of malt chocolate and vanilla presented themselves. Though not incredibly complex, it was certainly inviting.
Vanilla was greatly reinforced. It is also quite malty and sweet. Overall, the taste was a bit generic. Notes of peat were not to be found in this dram.
The finish on Monkey Shoulder is minty, malty, sweet and short to medium in length.
The Charred Barrel Society gives Monkey Should a blind finger rating score of 1. We consider this a low value due a bottle costing anywhere between $30-$35. In my opinion there are several other blends that offer more character for less money. That said, if you have stayed away from scotch because you often find it harsh, Monkey Shoulder may be just what you’re looking for.
To Friends, Fellowship, and The Society.