A vatted malt of three single malts Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie.
Monkey shoulder derives its name from a strain condition that malt men used to develop while turning the malted barley with a large wooden shovel known as a shiel.
The pain was most likely eased with "three whites and a goldie", a traditional staff benefit that comprised three drams of new make spirit and one single malt!
Malted barley is immediately evident awash with vanilla and orange cordial. There is also an oaky spice of cardamom and ripe banana.
Intensely sweet vanilla on the tongue, then a mid-palate of seville marmalade drying to a sweet chilli finish with lingering sherry and oak.
Water adds to the citrus notes then pineapple emerges, now oily and velvety on the palate giving an exotically honeyed mouth feel with the barley adding character to the long finish. 86 Available in South Africa to taste and purchase at Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom.