Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky Tasting Review #385

Join the Scotch Test Dummies, Scott and Bart, for a tasting review of Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky. Batch 27 is the common term for Monkey Shoulder and does not indicate an actual batch number but almost more of a recipe. From William Grant and Sons, Monkey Shoulder refers to the injury sustained by many a malt turners.

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Frank lampard says:

A great whisky for newbies and experienced whisky drinkers alike. And at around $32 it’s hard to beat for value. 88 would be my score.

Max Max says:

diageo doesnt own grants and sons (fiddich, balvenie, kininvie)
there is no other batches. 27 is the “only” batch. some people tend to think 27 is the number of barrels in one “batch”
3 monkeys = fiddich , balvenie, kininvie

Dan E says:

Back in 2010, Ralfy had this on his recommended blended malts. He no longer recommends it.

Jamie Beavor says:

Ok Sott, you can not mention monkey shoulder and cb the double single in the same sentence, you are now on probation. Next time you are going to Scotch

No Nonsense Whisky says:

It’s a pretty solid blend but I’m not a big fan. It has been a while since I tried some though so maybe my tastes have changed a bit

Aqvavitae says:

Man, whoever gets coin 97 is getting a free spirit!

Patrick van Elewout says:

i still remember the vasectomy story.. hahaha… Go watch it people.Monkey Shoulder was my second whisky I ever had. Good stuff.

Telex the Whisky Tech says:

Scott’s bringin’ it back ill with the Beastie’s =D … Like the blend before oxidation. Not big on the banana notes I got when the bottle sits for a bit. Follow me on twitter, all of you other freaks =)

Daniel Brown says:

Bart was on to something with the OSHA comment. Monkey shoulder is a repetitive strain injury that maltmen would get from using the same arm to turn the malting barley. Also, Scott, I also got the metallic smell/taste with this one. For me, it was copper, though. I get it often in new-make and undermatured whiskies. I wanted to like it, but that copper has made me wary. Loved the review though!

Jimidrammer says:

I didn’t score this nearly as high (78) but I’m conservative on young vatted malts. For the price I’d put the funds towards the older versions of the key components. Glenfiddich 12, Balvenie 12, the Kininvie isn’t released as a single malt so that one is elusive. In fact the Glenfiddich 14yo Bourbon Barrel Reserve @ $47 is miles above this.

Lockguy 26 says:

Hey Dummies, great review and stories as always. Bart, Those pieces are from a Italian monopoly game from the mid to late seventies. Dad was Navy and we were stationed in Naples as kids. The wine bottle made sense, lol and the property is the equivalent of Park Place, with one denomination each of the money, (lire)for grins for the “game room’. The hot sauce was so Scott didn’t get mad about the board game mention. : ) Salente’ Dummies..

Mike Galosi says:

You finally did Monkey Shoulder! Awesome thank you dummies! TEEEEST ITTTTTT!!!

gabrielgv0619 says:

I’d take a Glenmorangie 10 or Great King St. over the Monkey piss.

Christopher Molloy says:

I love certain Blended Malts, and I wish there were more of them out there, but compare Monkey Shoulder to ANY Blended Malt from Compass Box, say Spice Tree or Flamming Heart, or to Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 (which is particularly excellent these days), and its shortcomings are glaring.

Keith Petersen says:

STD, I’ve had this before. Its ok for $30.. With that in mine, I will put the $30 towards a different bottle. Great review.

Hoyet Hemphill says:

At least the nurse didn’t go, “Oops!”

lorenz yacoubian says:

Gentlemen, this is a blended MALT scotch whisky. No grain whisky…

Don Castello says:

Hello Scott + Bart, thumbs up!!!
Great review . I like the Monkey Shoulder. For me its a good every day dram. And the Price is nice.
But when i have open a bottle with friends there was always empty in the same night.:))
Slainte BG Don

Christopher Molloy says:

From William Grant & Sons, makers of Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Kininvie. It should be so much better given that pedigree.

P.S. There’s a peated version of Monkey Shoulder exclusively available to the restaurant & bar industry.

foodquig says:

It’s Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kininvie… Sipping on Johnnie Walker Green while watching this. Prefer the Green…

Rian Creamer says:

Almost, Scott . . . almost 😉

eric gilbert says:

The fanboy blend

dhsilv2 says:

lol, did bart just let it slide he’s boycotting the NFL?

Triplecap says:

With Bart on Willis over Pitt.

dhsilv2 says:

Bart would start a scotch drinker with monkey shoulder, but gives EC barrel proof for bourbon drinkers…

shenkel869 says:

I really enjoy Monkey shoulder.  its very easy to sip.  I paid $30 for it.  for $35 I can get Glenfiddich 12 year, which is one of malts in Monkey Shoulder.  wish it was more in the $25-30 range since there is no age statement and on another review somone said MS is probably 3-4 years old.  plus people say MS makes a great mixer, but to mix a $30-35 bottle of a single blended/vatted malt seems kinda pricey to me. but thats only my opinion. cheers.

Christopher Molloy says:

And while on the subject of Blended Malt Whisky (the whisky formerly known as a “Vatted Malt”), here’s a great vid from John Glaser of Compass Box…

Ryan Benink's Whisky World says:

I enjoyed the review! Could pick up a bottle of this cheap. And you’re right it’s easy drinking and well worth the money.

Louie Jones says:

I think monkey shoulder is one of the best scotch whisky’s out there for It’s price range.

Rockdoc St Augustine says:

This is one of my favorites. I’ve gone through probably 10 bottles. For $30 you can’t beat it.

Dantheman626 says:

I must have got a bad bottle, this one really missed for me. I usually love everything but my bottle had a flat flavor profile and the finish was literally only a couple of seconds with a strong alcohol note. I don’t think I’m willing to buy another bottle. :

Pradeep Rajkumar says:

Monkey shoulders is like B GRADE movie bro..

Malted In Montreal says:

Grants owns monkey shoulder. Great review.

420bikerides says:

This is a staple of mine. I was drinking this last night, and searched your channel, wanting to see what you guys thought of it. To my surprise you guys hadn’t reviewed it yet. I guess this is an excuse to have some more tonight!

Hoyet Hemphill says:

This made me dig out my bottle of Monkey Shoulder. This kind of has an odd aftertaste. Reasonable price but not a favorite of mine.

Springbanker says:

I wonder why you always need to have your Laptop and smartphone on the show to read out tasting notes and stuff. does either one of you try those whiskies before on his own?

Go Habs says:

I couldn’t agree more … an easy sipping malt at a reasonable price.

Ben Diedrich says:

Bart I’m gonna need an apology for your mispronunciation of Monkey Shoulder. It’s actually Scottish Gaelic pronounced “Monchich Shoulderlour””. Everyone knows that…

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