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The taste does not quite match the notes.
on 1 January 2016
I had a great Christmas whisky wise this year. A bottle of Glenmorangie, JW Black Label and a bottle of Monkey Shoulder. Frankly I was quite chuffed to have these three as presents. As I had never had Monkey Shoulder I was keen to try it as the tasting notes on Amazon screamed at me as being right up my street. Sadly I have to report that those notes must have been written for another whiskey. It is not an awful whisky but it is not to my taste at all. It has a kind of weird after taste that is not pleasant which is hard to describe but might be the apricot that is mentioned in the tasting notes. If it was a wine I would describe it as green tasting which people either get when I say that or look at me blankly. I have gone back to it several times and find that with a small amount of water it improves quite a bit and I may try it over ice which is not something I ever really do with whisky normally. All in all do not get caught up with the hype or of the description that does not match the product. If the person who bought me reads this and feels aggrieved please don't be I would have bought it too as it did read well and if it had given what it promised would have been a real winner. I should add I am not a whisky snob and my favourite whisky is Black Label (followed closely by Jamesons) which is at the end of the day just a blended whisky so I am not exactly hard core.
NB, After further samplings of this whisky I now concede I was too harsh in my earlier judgments. I don't know if I had been eating or drinking something that coloured my taste buds on my first tasting but I am now enjoying this drink quite a bit more than previously. I would now give it three and a half stars.