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The Whisky Guy reviews Monkey Shoulder – Triple Malt Scotch Whisky
Posted by on Sep 18th, 2014

Been a while since a new category was added to Life is Savage, but i’ve been thinking about it for ages and the time has come to actually do it. It’s no secret that i appreciate a good drink or eleven and i often get asked why don’t i get sponsored by an alcohol company like other similar websites do. I won’t lie i’ve been tempted a few times, but at the end of the day it just didn’t feel right picking just one and having to deal with all the drama of exclusivity and you can’t say this and that and blah blah blah. Then there’s the dilemma of picking a certain type of alcohol…i like all kinds. Beer, wine, tequila, rum you name it i’ll drink it, but if i had to pick just one kind then it has to be whisky hey. And not because i’m a connoisseur or anything, but because i like the taste and it makes me feel rad and all refined and sh*t. So i’m adding The Whisky Guy as a new category and will review bottles of the good stuff and hopefully once it gains some traction they will send me more than just a single bottle so i  can give you fine readers some as well because i love you and sharing is caring and whisky is made from barley and the morning dew on angel’s nipples.

Right so i asked a few brands to send me some stuff and have several already lined up so i’ll just go with the first one i recieved…the gloriously named Monkey Shoulder triple malt Scotch whisky.

I’m thirsty just looking at that.

Ok so i said this would be review, but i googled a couple of whisky reviews and holy crap the pro’s speak a whole other language that makes me wonder if they were already high while making tasting notes. I’m not even kidding…here’s an excerpt from one connoisseur describing a whisky:

“I find a strong alcoholic wind tainting my airways, followed by at most the thought of burnt cedar. But when on to the palate, very alcohol forward as expected, followed by an empty mid palate, and finished with a strong medicinal, metallic, pungent almost foot like taste”

I stared blankly at the screen after i read that wondering if that guy was for real or just loopy, but after some research i realised that’s the way ‘experts’ describe whisky.

Well you’re not getting that from me.

I’m rather gonna school you on the background of the whisky, what i think it tastes like in laymans terms and maybe a bit on how the bottle looks and what the price is etc.  I’m taking this a learning process so will add stuff as we go along. So back to the Monkey Shoulder.

What’s with the name Monkey Shoulder?

Monkey Shoulder is created from a mixture of single malt from the Kinivnie distillery in Scotland, together with single malts from the Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries, both of which are owned by William Grant & Sons. The term ‘monkey shoulder’ harks back to their whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that maltmen sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, so they nicknamed it ‘monkey shoulder’. Whilst the maltmen are among the few who still turn the barley manually, working conditions have changed which means this injury has been consigned to the past.Today, the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute, to honour the hard graft of all the maltmen past and present.

See now you can go impress people the next time you have some at a bar.

What’s it taste like?

Before i tell you what i thought let me share the rad way they describe it on their website

‘Some say it tastes just like riding bareback on the wild moors of Scotland with a flame haired maiden on Christmas morning.’

Sensational. I will slow clap at that description.

All reviews i saw break down a whisky into what it smells like (the aroma or nose), the taste (palate) and the after taste (finish). So here goes.

Nose: definitely get some vanilla honey aromas, but also an oakey cinnamon vibe.

Palate: can definitely taste the maltiness (no idea if thats a word but im going with it). Not surprising given that it’s a blend of 3 single malts. The creamy honey flavour was the most distinct for me, but there are lingering spicey undertones.

Finish: smooth this stuff. Can drink it with no ice or water even. Yes i know it’s frowned upon, but so what. The taste doesn’t fade too quickly and i was left with sweet smokey flavours.

As far as appearance and price go i like that old school bottle and the three metallic monkeys are a nice touch. Bit cheesy, but looks interesting. Price wise it comes in at around R350.

Overall score on the Life is Savage Bergie Index: a solid 8 out of 10 (don’t ask how i came up with that just go with it).

For more info go check the website HERE and follow their twitter account @MonkeyShldrSA . Will see if they can send me another bottle to give away to you lovely people.

Good times.

Check next week for another review and if you are a whisky brand then send me some of your deliciousness. I will drink it.

Stanislav the Plumber says:
September 09, 2014 at 3:43 pm

They give you the free whiskey = You say the nice things.
But if the free whiskey is bad = You still say the nice things because then you keep getting the free whiskey.

Stanislav the Plumber says:
September 09, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I is not stupid, you see?
But then, neither is you stupid, because it is good plan.

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