The unusual name comes from what would now be know as a repetitive strain injury. Before the malt houses became mechanicalised and the malted barley was turned by hand some malt men used to develop a temporary strain known locally as Monkey Shoulder,
Inspired by their craft William Grants have created Monkey Shoulder. Their first ever blended triple malt Scotch whisky, unlike traditional blends Monkey Shoulder uses just three of Speyside’s finest single malts Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinvinnie and no grain whisky resulting in a richer blended malt of exceptional smoothness.
Colour: Full (old) gold,
Nose: Initially sweet, flowery, light spice with soft leather. Becomes sweeter still with coconut.
With added water, there's chocolate, orange & more vanilla.
Palate: a good balance between citric, vanilla, spiciness & some soft, sultana-like fruits.
With a lovely melted chocolate tone on the finish.
For more information on the distilleries involved in the production please click the distillery names Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kinvinnie.
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky can be found at www.whiskys.co.uk