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Monkey Shoulder – Smokey Monkey Review

Monkey Shoulder – Smokey Monkey Presenting Smokey Monkey! Currently bar trade only and is only at a select few bars 30 in London, 10 across the rest of the UK and some in France (don’t know the exact numbers for France).

Luckily the bar I manage was one of the few chosen outside of London. Smokey Monkey is one of the newest editions to the William Grant and Sons portfolio.

The well known and loved standard Monkey Shoulder is a blend of three Speyside distilleries, that are not 100% confirmed *Cough* Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie *Cough* a great dram on its own but as a bartender I use it as a base in a shed load of whisky based cocktails, so I’m hoping Smokey Monkey will have the same attributes but add an extra smokey layer to well know classics such as Rob Roy, Blood and Sand, Whisky Mac etc.

As for the whiskies in the blend, they haven’t been 100% Confirmed *Cough* Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Ailsa Bay *Cough* from what I can gather.

I first tried this dram before its official release in March, at the time I wasn’t in any state to be writing tasting notes. But today I have got my hand on some more and I was not disappointed!

The Verdict: Well, I’m not disappointed, easy drinking, very accessible while still having a lot going on. The citrus notes complement the light coastal smoke perfectly. I think it will be perfect for first-time smokey whisky drinkers and as for cocktails I’m looking forward to trying it out, I’m pretty sure it is going to work perfectly.

Tasting Notes & Details


An initial light dusty medicinal peat backed up by rich Butterscotch and smokey brine with a hint of dried stone fruit.


Coating mouthfeel, with initial citrus notes followed by butterscotch, toffee then you get the light smokey peat towards the end.


A building finish, with the creamy butterscotch first then building into spicy citrus notes then end on a dry smokey finish, delightful.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Monkey Shoulder – Smokey Monkey
Age: NAS
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Monkey Shoulder
Bottler: Monkey Shoulder
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 15/01/2018 by Callum

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