Monkey Shoulder, NAS, 40 %

Monkey ShoulderMonkey 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’. –
Monkey Shoulder is available in Norway at NOK 470 (item number 671801), and in Sweden at SEK 389 (item number 85831).

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.

Score (80/100)

– Thomas


  1. Monkey Shoulder is one of my ‘everyday’ type whiskies (not that I actually drink every day!) Where all you want is a wee dram to accompany another activity. It doesn’t need to be the starring attraction and yes – goes great in cocktails too.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Carissa. Seems like we are pretty much in agreement on this then. It doesn’t always have to be old and expensive, sometimes we need uncomplicated and easy drams as well, or something young and fresh like a Nordic Whisky 🙂


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