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A contemporary blended scotch whisky, Monkey Shoulder is produced using 3 malt whiskies produced in Speyside. At the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017, Monkey Shoulder took home a Gold medal in the Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Category. We spoke to Monkey Shoulder Brand Manager, Conor Neville to find out more.

What’s the story behind Monkey Shoulder?

The term ‘Monkey Shoulder’ harks back to our whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that malt men sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, so they nicknamed it ‘Monkey Shoulder’.

Whilst our malt men are among the few who still turn barley manually, working conditions have changed which means this injury has been consigned to the past. Today, the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute to honour their hard work and graft.

How would you describe Monkey Shoulder?

It’s a 100% malt whisky made for mixing. We set out to change the face of Scotch whisky, bringing an awesome liquid to a new generation, by breaking their preconceptions of scotch with our cheeky, playful attitude, high energy activations and cocktail obsession.

How is it produced?

Small batches of three different speyside single malts expertly blended then married together, creating a smooth versatile flavour like no other. From the classic Old Fashioned to the refreshing Ginger Monkey, the richness and vibrancy combine with mellow vanilla notes to make it the perfect pairing to any concoction.

What’s the best way to enjoy Monkey Shoulder?

You should stir it up! There are a few cocktail serves I can recommend…

The Lazy Old Fashioned

This is our hero serve, and just like we simplify malt whisky, we remove the hassle in making the world’s favourite cocktail!



  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir.
  3. Once dilution is reached, strain into a glass over fresh ice.
  4. Twist orange peel over the glass.

Show Me The Monkey



  1. Smack mint until it cries (just a bit) to release the flavours.
  2. Place in a hi-ball glass and fill with ice.
  3. Shake the ingredients together in a mixing glass and strain into the glass.
  4. Add a mint leaf to garnish.

700ml Batch

With batch cocktails bang on trend, why not use a standard 700ml Monkey Shoulder bottle to batch drinks? Each has a four-week shelf life.


  1. Empty 100ml of Whisky from a bottle of Monkey Shoulder bottle and, of course, use in another drink.
  2. Replace this with 100ml 1:1 Demerara Sugar Syrup.
  3. Add 15ml Angostura Bitters.
  4. Mix well and label ‘Lazy Old Fashioned’.

You can find more information about Monkey Shoulder here. If you want to stock Monkey Shoulder, click here to place an order online now, or here to request an account with us; and don’t forget we’re here to support you with everything you need to ensure that your spirits range is a success, from free menu design and print services to barware.


Comments (3)

  • Mike Avatar


    If there is one whisky that is great for mixing it's most definitely Monkey Shoulder. It like no other whisky - really just try it. My favourite serve is the Lazy Old Fashioned, whats yours? Great article Luke!

  • Jen Avatar


    Brilliant feature, and perfect timing with Old Fashioned Week kicking off on the 2nd of November. If you work in a bar in the West of Scotland, and are looking for some ideas around Monkey Shoulder twists on this classic cocktail, drop me a line at

  • Paul Avatar


    I've always loved a great Old Fashioned, and have to agree Monkey Shoulder makes a rockin' one! Great article!

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