I found the nose quite inviting with some fruitiness and vanilla and also a hint of oak. The taste was quite light and somewhat fruity (citrus) with some sweetness to it. However, I thought the finish was very short and not particularly pleasant. Overall not worthy of the amount of praise it appears to get imho.
Maybe it's me.
brummage wrote:Overall not worthy of the amount of praise it appears to get imho.
Maybe it's me.
Of course it's you.
Everyone's expectations and tastes will differ when it comes to whiskies. And this fact is particularly applicable when considering a spirit (like Monkey Shoulder) that's blended to appeal to a wider audience.
I've quite enjoyed Monkey Shoulder, finding it to be a very drinkable, well-put-together spirit. But that said, Monkey Shoulder should definitely not be compared in the same light as some of the more intense and characterful single malt whiskies. I find it, rather, to represent a quite easy going spirit with just enough complexity to lift it above the average pour.
The Third Dram wrote:Monkey Shoulder should definitely not be compared in the same light as some of the more intense and characterful single malt whiskies.
I suppose that's where I was going wrong. Because it is a vatted malt I was sort of assuming that Grants would have succeeded in concocting something really special. I set my sights too high.
If i'm going to choose an everyday dram, I actually prefer Grants Family Reserve in all honesty.
MS to me? Meh. An ok every day dram.
To be honest , when something is so heavily marketed, I tend to be very sceptical.
Hot Tip? Vatted malt? Try Nikka All Malt.
I've not heard of the 3rd either, but both expressions I've tried of Balvennie , seriously underwhelmed me , as did Fiddich. Obviously, some of the more expensive expressions may be good , but I tend to treat sceptically when the more basic expressions are less than exciting.
So thats why I've not tried Mky Shoulder . Especially when I can get Nikka all malt at near the same cost .
For those who have tried Nikka from the barrel, the all malt is similar, but nothing like as rich, but still a very very good whisky. Especially in that cost bracket. Just opinion.
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