I have accumulated a bit of a sample backlog so I thought it was high time to start getting some extra reviews done and create some space in my
kitchen cupboard private reserve.
Monkey Shoulder 40% abv (available here)
A very pleasant nose. Butterscotch, milkybars, limoncello fudge and a slight citrus hint. The palate is smooth and buttery, hints of coconut, vanilla apricots and milk chocolate. The finish is quite short but is it smooth, pleasant and almost buttery.
Dewars 12 40% abv (available here)
The nose is sweet with a floral and honeyed feeling (which no doubt come from its Aberfeldy element) Hints of nuts and malts linger. The palate seems a little thin. Its pretty much exactly what you would expect from the nose. The honey notes are, again, present alongside shortbread and caramel. The finish is short/medium with a slight savoury tang and some mild woodiness at the very end.
Dewars Signature 40% abv (available here)
Time for a ‘premium’ blend. The nose is sweet with beeswax, tropical fruits, tobacco, malt, raisins and a slight smoky brine tang. The palate is honeyed, rich, very smooth and balanced. Elements of salted caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, tea and brine all combine. The finish is perhaps a little short for such a well flavoured palate. The flavours shift from sweet to savoury leaving faint smoke and light cedar wood.
Massively impressed with the Monkey Shoulder, its definitely a good session dram and excellent value at around £24 a bottle. The Dewars 12 was a little thin when compared to the Monkey Shoulder. It is pleasant enough but has no real defining character. I would simply say that it tastes ‘like whisky’
The Dewars signature is very well crafted and is as complex or as simple as you wish it to be. You could definitely spend some time with this one. Is it worth £220? As with anything it is worth it if you like it and have the money.
Personally? I’d probably rather buy 9 bottles of Monkey Shoulder…