Monkey Shoulder Whiskey

Monkey See, Monkey Drink

A hard day’s work, whether it’s brokering Shaq’s latest endorsement deals, removing porcupine quills from the village children, or helping us choose our next featured Minx (your input on Kate Upton was invaluable, and we thank you), deserves a stiff, delicious drink. We’ve got just the libation for your end of day celebration—Monkey Shoulder Whiskey ($40.00). It all starts with Speyside’s finest malts (Speyside, for the record, is Scotland’s greatest whisky-producing area, home of The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich). These quality malts then mature in Bourbon casks prepared by Monkey Shoulder’s resident coopers—but, don’t ask anything else. Malt Master David Stewart and his assistant are the only ones who know exactly how long Monkey Shoulder is aged and exactly what type of casks are selected. Once they do…whatever it is that they do, 27 casks are tasted and painstakingly selected for blending, only to be aged some more before bottling.

The result is a deliciously sweet and vanilla-flavored whiskey with hints of brown sugar and creamy toffee balanced with oak notes and a whiff of cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Monkey Shoulder is rich and delicious enough to drink on its own, with its smooth finish and lingering sweetness, but it also plays nicely with other liquids when mixed into cocktails. Oh, and if you’re wondering where it got its name, it’s actually an old-timey term given to a temporary shoulder injury the malt men used to get when they turned the barely by hand (kinda like carpal tunnel, only more fun). Nice little fun fact you can discuss with Minka Kelly over your next cocktail.