Monkey Shoulder is an inexpensive blend comprised of Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kininvie and bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Smoky stewed fruits – black cherries and apricots. Barley is subtle, very little to no oak, and slightly salty.
Palate: Salty up front, loses a lot of sweetness from the nose as the malt becomes stronger. An ether note distracts from the rest of the palate.
Finish: Short and dry with salty malt turning bitter over time.
Rating: 82/100 – A decent blend given how inexpensive it is – nothing overly challenging here though.
Value for the money: This is usually fairly cheap – maybe around $30 retail. For that price, I’d probably look to Compass box instead e.g. Asyla, Oak Cross, etc., but hard to go wrong for only $30 either way.