Thursday, July 21, 2022


William Grant & Sons, has announced the launch of a new Blended Grain Spirit bottling, from its Monkey Shoulder brand.

Monkey Shoulder – Fresh Monkey (40% ABV) which has been “made for mixing” has been produced using a combination of unaged grain spirits and Speyside malt spirit.

Monkey Shoulder - Fresh Monkey

Offering the freshness and versatility of a light rum but with depth and a delicate malty finish, Monkey Shoulder, Fresh Monkey is said to break new ground by combining the richness of classic malt notes with vibrant tropical and grassy Agricole rhum flavours.

Monkey Shoulder – Fresh Monkey, is said to offer endless creative possibilities and versatility for the spirits category and bartenders for their serves, adding character to cocktails like mojitos, piƱa coladas or a classic daiquiri.

Commenting on the launch, Brian Kinsman, Master Blender for Monkey Shoulder, said: “We’re always looking for ways to mix things up. Just like we did when we first launched our Monkey Shoulder Original, which unlike the rest of the Scotch Whisky category, was made for mixing. Now, we are breaking new ground once again with the launch of a new Blended Grain Spirit. When developing Fresh Monkey and testing it in many of the top bars around the world, our aim was always to create a unique and refreshing liquid, whilst allowing bartenders to have fun with the spirit. We’ve found that Monkey Shoulder Original and Smokey Monkey are perfect mixers for aged spirit cocktails, and so with the launch of Fresh Monkey, we have also added a light spirit for bartenders to play with.”

Monkey Shoulder – Fresh Monkey, is now available in bars including Ugly Butterfly in Cornwall, Callooh Callay in London, Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and Lab 22 in Cardiff. It is also available from Amazon, for a RRP of £28.00.

Posted by Steve Rush