.monkey shoulder

A blended malt from our friends at W. M. Grant. Their three Dufftown distilleries have joined force in this blended malt, and hid for some time behind door number 10 of the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar 2015.

40% abv, €35, blended malt

Nose: sweet, vanilla, fudge, fruits, fresh green apples, herbs, nuts, hazelnuts, almonds
Palate: sweet, vanilla, spicy, nutmeg, a hint of cloves, citrus, orange peel, fruit, apples, dried mangos, berries, walnuts
Finish: medium long, sweet, honey, citrus, marmalade
Mark: +++++ 
Conclusion: Well, that was exciting. This batch either changed quite a bit from two and a half years ago, or I got to appreciate it a lot better. Up that mark!
More info: This blended malt is a selection of 27 of the finest casks of Kininvie, Glenfiddich and Balvenie. All these distilleries are owned by the family of William Grant & Sons. The largest percentage (about 90-95%) of this blended malt is rumoured to be Kininvie, teaspooned with Balvenie and Glenfiddich.

.many thanks to the kind people of Drinks by the Dram to let us review their 2015 advent calendar

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