William Grant & Sons

Monkey Shoulder The Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


700 ml

Monkey Shoulder The Blended Malt Scotch Whisky




Made in



The Malt Men who still turn the malted barley by hand. It is blended in small batches of Speyside’s finest single malt whiskies then married to achieve a smoother, richer taste. Monkey Shoulder is 100% malt whisky, made for mixing. Its richness and vibrancy combine with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes. Refreshingly approachable, with a playful attitude and commitment to the unconventional, we are bringing great scotch to a new generation of whisky drinkers.


Natural Colour + Whisky + Water + Scotch

Flavour Profile

Spicy Oak, Cloves and Cinnamon

Tasting Notes

An elegant, stylish nose of marmalade, Crema Catalana (apologies, but it really is there), cocoa and malt. Plenty of vanilla and a sprinkling of winter spice (nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon) alongside a mouth-watering hint of aniseed. Very malty, creamy delivery with a suggestion of berry fruit. Juicy toasted barley, cloves and butterscotch. Manuka honey, hot-buttered-toast and dried apricot develop. Medium length, spicy oak and a hint of peppermint on the tail.

Serving Info


Storage Info

Can be stored at room temperature, to be chilled at 4 deg C before serving

Key Facts

History -Once upon a time, all of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries malted their own barley. The wet grain from the steep would be spread over a stone floor for a week to begin germination, and it had to be turned regularly to prevent the little rootlets from matting together. Malt men would march up and down flipping the grain over their shoulders with malt shovels, known as shiels. Some developed repetitive strain injury causing one arm to hang low like a monkey’s. In 2005, long after anyone had wielded a shiel in earnest, Monkey Shoulder was released as a hip new brand of Scotch from the house of William Grant & Sons. Its guiding light was “about being the new face of Scotch whisky for a new generation of whisky drinkers”, says the firm’s head of whisk(e)y, Jonny Cornthwaite, who insists it wasn’t about plugging a gap in William Grant’s portfolio. “The gap was really about people who drink whisky or, perhaps more to the point, who don’t drink whisky,” he says. “Scotch in 2005 was a relatively stuffy category.” Awards -Gold International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2022.\

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