Monkey Shoulder, NAS, 40 %
Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt (previously known as a vatted malt). It is a mix of three different single malts all owned by William Grant & Sons; Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie.
Here's the explanation for the rather unusual name gracing this whisky:
The term 'whisky shoulder' harks back to our whisky making heritage. It's a reference to a condition that maltmen sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey's, so they nicknamed it 'monkey shoulder'. - www.monkeyshoulder.com
Nose (20/25): Soft and fruity. A hint of tobacco and leather. Toffee, vanilla, oak and some malty notes.
Taste (20/25): Caramel, fruits (oranges and ripe apples) and a pinch of pepper. Slightly floral. It has a slightly burnt edge - a hint of toast.
Finish (20/25): Caramel, melted white sugar, and soft fruit notes. The mouthfeel does become thinner, and it dies off relatively quickly.
Balance (20/25): Its OK in my book. I might try this in a cocktail, actually.
Sláinte! - Thomas