One of my good friends has been saying for a while that I needed to try a blended scotch whisky that he enjoys, it's called "Monkey Shoulder".

In 2005, Monkey Shoulder was launched overseas in 2005 as a blend of Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kininvie malts.  It then made it's way over to the US in 2012.  I'm a huge fan of any Balvenie Scotch Whisky, so I'm not surprised that I like Monkey Shoulder.

I found it for about $36.00 in Superior, Wi.  Since I purchased the 750ml bottle I've seen it from between 30ish to what I paid.  It's a 43% alcohol level and according to their website is meant to be a mixer scotch.  I haven't mixed it it, I tried it neat first, then I added a few ice cubes and after just a couple of minutes the minimum bite it has mellowed to a nice sipping scotch.  It's definitely on the sweeter side as far as scotch goes, you won't get that peat moss taste here, but there is a bit of spice in it.


Monkey Shoulder- Photo Credit: Joe Danger
Monkey Shoulder- Photo Credit: Joe Danger
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For the price point, it's worth it to me to have a bottle on hand for sipping with a cigar or after dinner.  As far as having a bunch of people over and mixing cocktails with it, for that higher price I paid, there are other things to mix and make a hell of a cocktail for less.

If you enjoy expensive scotch at all, or are even a blended whisky drinker, give this one a try.