Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt was introduced in 2005 by William Grant & Sons. The original formula included three single malts from the company-owned distilleries – Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie, all aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
Currently the brand is produced at William Grant’s Ailsa Bay Distillery and we believe its formula has been slightly altered (at some point the company stopped communicating the provenance of the brand). The name ‘Monkey Shoulder’ refers to an ailment suffered by malt men, who were often left with one arm hanging down after turning barley by hand for long hours. The brand sales reached 311,000 cases in 2017 making it the 7th best selling malt whisky in the world. The unique 4.5-liter bottle of Monkey Shoulder comes with an original cradle.
Nose: malty and fruity, apples, pears, pineapple, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, honey and hints of oak shavings.
Palate: smooth, sweet cereals, apples, pears, bananas, lemon peel, honey, vanilla, nougat, touch of licorice and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of nougat, summer fruit, orange peel, vanilla, hay and oak.