Tastes like plums , figs and bramble marmalade. However, it is a very fine sipping spirit when served neat. Very full and warm taste. This will always be a staple in my whisky collection. The medicinal aftertaste is softened in sweeter drinks, whereas it becomes more prominent in cocktails such as a whisky sour.
Really solid and worth four stars in its category and price range. Not a whole lot of depth, but a nice sipping whiskey. Occasionally using other distilleries in the mix, but always three Speyside distilleries and always in first fill American oak i. Probably one of the best blends out there in a very accessible price range. In fact it has little flavor to taste. Pepper and a little lemon juice. Please note that depending on your credit card company, it may take an additional 2-10 business days after your credit is applied for it to post to your account.
Not sure if I purchased a dud dram, but the whisky I'm tasting is nothing to boast about. As a seasoned single malt drinker, big fan of speyside particularly Glenfiddich 15, Aberlour A'bunadh, Balvenie Signature, Glenturret, Linkwood 15, Glenfarclas 105 etc, I wanted to take a step into the world of blends. Nose: An elegant, stylish nose of marmalade, Crema Catalana, cocoa and malt. Life rarely gets better 22nd October 2014 A great bar scotch This isn't going to convert any hardcore single malt imbibers, nor is it meant to, I think. I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a blended whisky as smooth and easy drinking as this for the price. Good with just a couple cubes. .
Not comparable to my usual experience of a single malt. The Monkey Shoulder is about half of what I pay. There seems to be a lot of snobbery going on by the other reviewers who seem to judge a whisky by name and price. The finish is also unpleasant. Five years later Balvenie was opened on the same site as Glenfiddich, and almost a century later they were joined by Kininvie in 1990. Coming from there, the palate is a shocker, turning everything over.
But what happens when you have some of your best, most highly-prized single malts producing a lot of the really good stuff … stuff too good for the bottom shelf and discount bins? I won't pretend to be a whisk e y expert but I know what I like and this suits me just fine. No peat obviously , no real malt either. Manuka honey, hot-buttered-toast and dried apricot develop. Where's that awful whisky that I remember? I so desperately wanted to like this blended malt. Also tried it on the rocks with club soda…meh. This whisky holds to the adage of ice cream coming in different flavors.
This is a subtle observation however, and overall this whisky works well in a range of drinks and styles. A C- is two stars. A very friendly whisky with enough depth to satisfy the aficionado as well as the rookie. This is as of fall 2015, however, and this appears to be a new brand. The three Speysides are blended together and mature in first fill ex-bourbon casks imparting a smooth and mellow vanilla flavor in the resting malt. You need to be hungry to taste the real complexity of bread. The newer 40% bottles have a similar quality, but they may include other Speyside single malts than the original three.
Everyone I've shared with was thrilled. Good mix of malt and honey on the tongue and the taste lingers around for a long enough time which I enjoy with not too much spice on the tail. Initial nose is sweet orange and subtle spice, a bit vaporous. It is a blend and comparable to others in the price point. I just picked up a bottle of this at the supermarket on Saturday. On the tongue, it was somewhat creamy and mellow.
I too agree with others that there is some sweetness up front that lingers, but pleasantly so. I'm still a noob I admit, but I am pleased with Monkey Shoulder. I love the spicy bite of it, and found no issues with it other than the bottle is already looking sparse. It is also the only decent whisky in my local French shop — apparently it has been having quite an impact here. B and B-: Good and above average. Situated adjacent to the Balvenie Distillery, Kininvie Distillery is one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland, having begun production of Scotch Whisky only 23 years ago. Finish: Medium length, spicy oak and a hint of peppermint on the tail.