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Monkey Shoulder Smokey Monkey, 40%

Price: $41 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This balances sweetness, vanilla, and smoke extremely well, and I found it preferable
to Monkey Shoulder for sipping neat. On the palate, there's sweet smoke from
blackened oak logs, fragrant spices, a well-developed vanilla note, and a hint of
orange peel. The structure hangs lightly, and more weight behind the smoke would
have been preferable, but the sweetness and spice yield to lovely creamy vanilla
flavors, banana, and a finish of milky coffee. £32