Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
The team gave me a lot of flack for reviewing a random scotch I found at the store, so I decided to try to find something different and interesting which actually tastes good. Here we are: Monkey Shoulder. The bottle has a picture of 4 monkey's playing leap frog and a fancy cork in the bottle.
Moving onto the shot, there is a very mellow almost deep forest smell. Comparing it to the last few scotches we have tried, it is definitely a sweeter taste and I dare say I almost enjoyed it. The major reason for my last comment is that it gives the mouth a warm feeling without the unsettling burn at any point.
The Bar Test
When I moved from the shot onto the bar test I initially found it tasted weird and it was quite bitter throughout. So I decided to take a bit of a break before resuming. I am really glad I did - after a 10 minute break I came back to a pleasant sweet taste bump at the end that is what I appreciate from whiskey and bourbons such as Jack Daniel's. To find this experience with a scotch lead me to continue to finish this drink as I type up this review and considering it's half way through the week I had to hold myself back from having more. The coke acts as a river to carry the vessel of scotch across my tongue, tingling my taste buds satisfyingly down my throat.
Buy a bottle, it looks nice and it has an interesting name. "Hey how about some Monkey's Shoulder HAHA" you can say to your friend(s) or...self in the mirror. The taste is something you will enjoy and will easily be able to find uses for in the future making it well worth your money. Whether you want to mix it with some coke like I enjoyed it or take it neat in your glass is your choice.
1. If you want something stronger and less sweet this is a great option
2. At this point it starts to be more like the bar test
3. Same sort of deal as #2
4. At this point it is coke
$47.95 per 700ml bottle
Standard price at Dan Murphy's Australia, prices may vary.