Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Sweet and fruity, giving way to vanilla and toffee. A hint of smoke underneath.
With Water: Pretty much the same but with a note of coconut thrown in.
Like the nose it starts fruity with a citrus edge. Moves into the vanilla and toffee creaminess again but then continues to oak with a touch of clove which adds a slight bitterness which nicely contrasts with the sweeter notes.
With Water: Much the same again but with the spiciness/bitterness of the clove dialed down a notch.
Medium length, slightly drying with a touch of smoke on the finish and more oak.
With Water: More nutty on the finish.
Upfront – thats not a bad thing though, far from it! It’s easy to pick out a range of interesting qualities yet at the same time no one note is overwhelming making it accessible to anybody’s palate. When people talk about how single malt is much better than blended whisky this is where to point them – a good solid blend, sweet with a nice mix of fruit and vanilla/toffee but with a dash of oak and spice to temper the sweetness.
It’s also not going to break the bank which makes it even better as for the price it’s an absolute bargain and I would highly recommend picking up a bottle on your next shopping trip.
This would also work fantastically in a range of cocktails – if that’s what you’re after then check out the cocktail recipes on Monkey Shoulder’s website or try creating your own.
Taken from the Monkey Shoulder Website: