Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky Review
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.
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.