As you may know, Gastronomy Gal is going to be introducing a couple of new segments and G.G. Grapes focusing on all thing alcohol, is going to be one of them. I'm happy to report that Ryn and Cordie, two sassy wine and food matching experts from Brisbane are going to be writing regular guest posts and of course, there will be lots of other posts about wine, cocktails etc.
About six months ago, I received a bottle of Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt Whisky in the mail. I am a fan of whisky but really don't know anything about it. I have been meaning to get to the Whisky Appreciation Society (who meet monthly in Brisbane if you are interested) to learn a little more, but things have been so hectic lately, I haven't had a chance.
Monkey Shoulder is being branded as the 'World's first triple malt whisky' and the quirky name comes from the temporary condition suffered by 'malt men' when turning the barley by hand. Although the barley is still turned by hand today, innovation in the modern world ensures that 'monkey shoulder' is an injury of the past. The name lives on in honour of the malt men of yesteryear.
I finally cracked open the bottle of Monkey Shoulder to give it a try. Other than to say I really liked it, I'm not going to get into reviewing the whisky, I'll leave that to Jim Murray. As a twitter friend wisely suggested, writing about whisky is a minefield, and I'm no expert...
However, one thing I do know about, are cocktails, and Monkey Shoulder is an ideal whisky to go into cocktails. I tested some out (made by me and not a proper bartender) and the results were fab, especially great for adding a warming element to cocktails in winter.
The Mellow Monkey and the Show me the Monkey in particular took my fancy, but there were also more summery and fruity versions available if you want to use it in the warmer months. It is easy to forget that whisky is a great addition to a cocktail, so even if you don't use Monkey Shoulder, I definitely think you should try using some sort of whisky when you are being an awesome DIY mixologist. Whisky is something I would like to see more of, and see a greater appreciation for as it is really complex and quite wonderful. I myself am guilty of being quite ignorant, something I'm going to change.
Whisky Magazine actually have a great list of whisky cocktails here if you are wanting to try something different to the usual cosmo or martini. I also happen to know that Sling Bar in West End and The Bowery in Fortitude Valley are using Monkey Shoulder in some of their cocktails, if you wanted a pro to mix you up a concoction.
Tell me readers: Do you like whisky? Do you choose whisky based cocktails when you are out and about?
G.G. received Monkey Shoulder as a gift from Weber Shandwick.