Monkey Shoulder was originally created to make perfect whisky cocktails and has been getting in the mix ever since.
Get a lovely whiff of zesty orange, vanilla, honey and spiced oak before tasting mellow vanilla with spicy hints as you enjoy a cheeky sip. Never one to stay quiet at a party, the smooth, malty and fruity character is bold enough to stand out in a drink, but balanced enough not to take it over.
“Richness and vibrancy combine with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes, making it perfect for mixing”
Original Monkey Shoulder has been made for mixing since 2003. But they say variety is the spice of life, so we’re delighted to introduce its smouldering sibling. Meet Smokey Monkey.
Monkey Shoulder is born of one of the oldest whisky making Scottish families in the world, William Grant & Sons. Still family owned today, William Grant & Sons has been distilling the finest Scotch whiskies since 1887.
Early in the 2000’s the team at William Grants recognised an opportunity to bring the world of Scotch to a much bigger audience through championing cocktails and mixed drinks as a new way to enjoy Scotch.
With this brief in mind, an epic blend of Scotch malt whiskies were chosen to create the perfect whisky for mixing and as you will see from our bottle the blend that was chosen was called batch 27.
At the time the idea of blending only malt whiskies was a novel one because blends usually included some grain whisky. But our perfect blend didn’t and so we ended up creating a new category of Scotch ‘a blend of malts’ that no one else had ever released before.
‘Batch 27’ didn’t have the snappiest ring to it and instead we named our whisky Monkey Shoulder in tribute to our whisky heritage and in 2003 we set out to give the whisky world a good old fashioned shake up.
The rest, as they say, is history!
Okay, so where did ‘Monkey Shoulder’ come from?
Well, in the traditional malt whisky making process, malted barley is turned by hand by malt men using large heavy malt shovels. Years ago, some malt men would develop a strain injury which had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey's, so they nicknamed it 'monkey shoulder'. Thankfully, the condition no longer exists but we're still proud to honour our whisky heritage.
Long or short? Sweet or sour? Sunny afternoon or late night after party? Our bartenders have been monkeying around with a list of classic cocktails to lift the spirits and suit your mood. Ready? So let’s get mixing.
Great music, interesting people, perfect cocktails...mix them together and you get legendary times. Check out our latest news and events as we shake up the cocktail world.
Monkey Shoulder and BlockBar are extremely excited to announce a historic partnership, releasing a limited edition run of 1500 Monkey Shoulder NFTs featuring BlockBar's very own Bored Ape!
The ballot is now open to Bored Ape owners to enter. 10 will be selected to have their Bored Ape added to 100 bottles for 3 ETH. Later in May, we will be opening it up to BlockBar NFT holders and general release, so keep your eyes peeled for more!Find Out More
What’s better than an epic bar but one on wheels that can serve up to 490 litres of pre batched cocktails, with its very own sound system and DJ booth?! We created our giant Mixer Truck to bring the party to you so look out for it, serving up the best cocktails & beats up and down the country. We recently gave the UK truck a disco makeover, check out our new jacket!
Our fleet of trucks is growing worldwide, check out our USA giant cocktail shaker on the link belowDive In
We didn’t let a small thing like a national lockdown hold us back from entertaining you all, at a social distance of course. We ran an unmissable 3hr live stream drinks & entertainment show with special bar industry guests, quizzes, live DJ, tips & tricks for all bartenders and aspiring bartenders the world over. If you missed it catch up on all the content on our youtube channel belowDive In
We’ve been missing the get togethers during the lockdowns so we came up with a way to enjoy a few drinks with your friends remotely. Teaming up with DJ Santero we hosted a live stream DJ set in collaboration with some of our bartender friends from the Artesian bar to deliver some epic cocktails to the door of our guests to enjoy during the set. What better way to enjoy some time with your mates than with great cocktails and the best party tunes, even if not in person. Look out for more events like this by signing up for our newsletter.
We’ve been missing the get togethers during the lockdowns so we came up with a way to enjoy a few... read more
Our UK team did a twist on the world’s loudest whisky tasting bringing the classic speakeasy vibe into your home by teaming up with the team at Nightjar and Oriel bars to deliver some delicious cocktails to your door along with a live stream of the house band. Look out for more events like this by signing up for our newsletter.
Our UK team did a twist on the world’s loudest whisky tasting bringing the classic speakeasy vibe... read more
Our Monkey Shoulder brand ambassadors are a pretty inventive bunch. Having worked in bars for most of their careers the team have a passion for solving everyday bartender problems by inventing new tools. After the famous I spoon, the Konga Shaker and the Claw we launched the Trigger Jigger to make measuring & pouring that much easier. If you’re interested in getting your hands on any of our tools, connect with our brand ambassadors on Instagram.Dive In