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Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

40% ABV
Chill Filtered
Colour Adjusted

Our Score

Value Score

From the Distillery Website

From The Whisky Exchange
Created to add a smoky edge to classic cocktail, Smokey Monkey is a blend of malt whiskies – one of which is peated. Matured in ex-bourbon casks, the palate offers notes of sweet vanilla, fiery black pepper and bright citrus, with waves of earthy peat smoke building in the background.

From Master of Malt
A peaty variant of the excellent Monkey Shoulder blended malt! This expression retains all the elements that make it great for use in cocktails and mixed drinks, with the addition of soft peaty hints running through it. Ought to be good in a Penicillin cocktail or served with ginger ale...

Our Review

Review 73 9th August 2020

Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey Blended Malt Whisky review comes thanks to our friend Johny, you can check his Twitter out at @WhiskyJohny , Cheers Johny for supply this as one of the many drams you sent.

Smokey Monkey is the second blended whisky released under the Monkey Shoulder brand owned by William Grant and Sons, makers of Glenfiddich amongst other well known whiskies.

The Smokey Monkey, like the original Monkey Shoulder, is bottled at 40% ABV, is chill filtered and colour adjusted with E150 caramel colour. The original has an average retail price of £26.25 compared to the smokey which averages £30.06, however, it can easily be found below £30. The Smokey monkey recieves a value score, given its no age statement status of 82.25 out of 100 which comparest to the original which achieves 83.72 out of 100.

On the nose; Straight away you get smoke and a sweet peat with some fruity citrus notes and an unexpected floral quality. Its a gentle honey sweet with vanilla. Matured in ex-bourbon the notes are exactly as expected, the floral and aromatic nature is a pleasant addition to the peated quality.

On the palate; The smoke is like an ashy campfire. The sweetness is not as prominent as you would expect from the nose. There is a lovely vanilla flavour with some spice and oak. Not as bitter as expected by still drying which leaves an ash finish in your mouth.

For us, this bottle represents a whisky which could quite happily sit at the start or end of a peated or smokey whisky tasting session or maybe after you have had a heavily peated whisky and your palate would not be taste a more delicate non peated whisky.

Like the original Monkey Shoulder this whisky is possibly designed for mixing. However, with an average price of £30.06, it is a bit more expensive than we would like for a mixing whisky, while it is ok as a sipper in its own right, that price does ask questions about where this sits in the range of available whiskies, what is the identity of this whisky and who is it aimed at? It is priced a little too high for a budget whisky, for mixing, maybe for example, a Teachers Highland Cream would suffice to give a smoke element, Teachers is cheaper and also can hold its own a sipping whisky.

For an overall score, its not any worse than the original, it suits our palate a bit better, however, the price does let it down enough to score it the same, we give it 84 out of 100.

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Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Highland (Speyside)
  • Age Statement: NAS
  • Chill Filtered: Unknown
  • Colour Status: E150
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: undefined
  • Peated / Smoke: Peated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: undefined
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Beginner
  • Average Price (or RRP): 30.06
  • Value Score: 79.49
  • Our Score: 84
  • Ownership: William Grant and Sons
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Monkey Shoulder
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Category: Blended Malt
  • Peat (ppm): undefined
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