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Monkey in the Mist by Monkey ShoulderForget everything you’ve been told about Scotch – all the stuffy rules and traditions that can prevent people from enjoying whisky are being ripped up with the launch of Monkey Shoulder, game-changing triple malt from Scotland.

While authentic to its core – it’s named after an old tale about distillery workers – Monkey Shoulder is a Scotch that blows the cobwebs away from the whisky world and banishes the talk of baffling taste profiles, regional specifications, age statements and distillery nuances that can put people off.

Monkey Shoulder is a free-spirited, fun-loving triple malt with an easy-going smooth, rich and mellow vanilla deliciousness that means it can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, mixed or in cocktails. Scotch snobs say you shouldn’t drink whisky with ice or mix it with cocktails, but there are no old-fashioned rules when it comes to enjoying Monkey Shoulder. That’s why bartenders love Monkey Shoulder – this is a sociable Scotch that loves to mingle and won’t be left gathering dust on the top shelf of the bar like traditional malts that can only be served by the dram.

A blend of three single malt Scotch whiskies all matured in oak casks that previously held Bourbon (that’s where all the smooth mellow vanilla goodness comes from), Monkey Shoulder is launched by renowned independent, family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons. Its nod to its heritage is in its name – years ago, distillery workers would shovel tonnes of malting barley by hand, hour after hour. This hard work sometimes caused a sore shoulder and their arm to hang down, a bit like a chimpanzee. The men called this temporary affliction ‘monkey shoulder’ and the Scotch is named in their honour.

Monkey Shoulder is distilled, matured and bottled in Dufftown, Speyside, the heart of Scotch whisky-making land. Production is overseen by our taste guru (aka in the industry by the more formal title of ‘Malt Master’) Brian Kinsman, who said: “Monkey Shoulder is an authentic 100% Scotch malt whisky with all the exceptional qualities you would expect of a malt whisky, but without any of the stereotypical baggage. Using casks that have previously held Bourbon gives Monkey Shoulder a smooth and rich mellow vanilla taste that is accessible to everyone, regardless of how much they know about Scotch malt whisky. We want to break down the barriers and let people to discover a new way to enjoy malt whisky without having to worry about all the history and traditions that can be off-putting.”

The time has come to demystify the stuffy world of whisky and introduce Scotch to a new generation of drinkers – and Monkey Shoulder is leading the charge.