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3 Monkeys - Triple Malt Monkey Shoulder Whisky

Handy Guide to Monkey Shoulder

What’s with
Monkey Shoulder

Cheers to All Malt Men!

The term 'monkey shoulder' harks back to our whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that maltmen sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, so they nicknamed it 'monkey shoulder'.

Whilst our maltmen are among the few who still turn the barley manually, working conditions have changed which means this injury has been consigned to the past.

Today, the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute, to honour the hard graft of all the maltmen past and present. Cheers!

Making
Monkey Shoulder

One day, our legendary Malt Master David Stewart decided to create the world’s first 'triple' malt, by combining single malts from three of Speyside’s finest distilleries.

Triple Malt

Why's it so mellow?

Well, for starters, there’s not a single drop of grain whisky in our Monkey Shoulder, and the chosen malts mature in first fill ex-bourbon casks. Our own coopers repair these ex-bourbon casks so that they impart a smooth and mellow vanilla flavour into the resting malt whisky. And then, there's Brian Kinsman who's our new Master now. He always chooses the right combination of casks for every batch he makes, ensuring each one is deliciously smooth and rich as the last.

Casks being made

A Threesome is Better than a Onesome

The three Speyside malts are then blended together in a small marrying tun where they hang out making eyes at each other for anything from three to six months.

Monkey Shoulder Casks

A Marriage Made in Heaven

When it’s ready and taste tested by Brian, this triple malt whisky gets bottled and receives its triple monkey badge.

Destined for great bars and homes, that’s our Monkey Shoulder. Smooth and rich, 100% malt Scotch whisky, distilled, matured and bottled in Scotland.

Monkey Shoulder Bottle

Drinking
Monkey Shoulder

Some say it tastes just like riding bareback on the wild moors of Scotland with a flame haired maiden on Christmas morning. Others agree it tastes like 007 wearing a tuxedo wetsuit. If you haven’t tried either yet but want a handy little cheat sheet to check out, here you go - but remember it’s completely up to you, what you think it tastes like.

Nose: Zesty Orange meets mellow vanilla, honey and spiced oak

Taste: Mellow vanilla with spicy hints

Finish: Super smooth

Whatever you make of Monkey shoulder, it’s amazing on the rocks or bartender to make one of the Monkey Shoulder mixes we have there, or get them to rustle up something they’ve invented. Have a crack at some of them too, as we've made sure you don’t have to be a bartender guru to knock these up.

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