Day 10 of The Whisky Advent Calender from the guys at Drink By The Dram brings us the Monkey Shoulder, bottled at 40%. A couple of years back I had a nose and taste of this one and wrote down that on the nose it had marmalade, orange, citrus, leek, vanilla, banana, clove, anise and nutmeg.
All the notes that I wrote down back then are still correct, now detecting more barley, warm spices and berries on the nose. And on the palate again that barley, burned toast, fruit and honey feeling. On the finish giving a creamy mixture of citrus, mint and vanilla. I must say still not giving me a WOW moment, but I can just relax with it and enjoy. It is very enjoyable and has a balanced sweet and spicy feel to it. At least an 7,5 out of 10.