Sunday, December 13, 2015

10-Dec: Monkey Shoulder (Blended Malt Scotch)

Back to Scotland. This is a whisky that I already have (I think I mentioned I was a fan of Balvenie and other products from Wm. Grant & Sons). This whisky is a blended malt, one of the 5 currently defined types of Scotch whisky. Here they are:
  • Single-Malt
    • Malted barley whisky from a *single* distillery
  • Blended Malt
    • Malt whisky combined from multiple distilleries
  • Single-Grain
    • Grain whisky from a *single* distillery
  • Blended Grain
    • Grain whisky combined from multiple distilleries
  • Blended
    • Whisky combined from malt and grain, from multiple distilleries
The one common thread on all of the above categories is that they all have to be produced, aged and bottled in Scotland, and aged for at least 3 years in oak. There are more requirements (like on cask sizes...) and they aren't just a good idea, they're the law -- European Union Law, in fact.

This whisky has lots of malty notes, and I get berries on the nose. Given that this is a blended malt, the presence of malt notes is no surprise. It's very smooth and easy to drink. I have to say that I don't know of many blended malt Scotch whiskies (Johnnie Walker Green Label used to be one, before it was discontinued) but this is a really smooth whisky that's easy to drink, and easy to like.

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