Monkey Musk? Monkey Shoulder Scotch Releases Cologne


September 19, 2022

Monkey Musk bottle

Remember a time when, if you showed up to work smelling like whiskey, you’d be fired? Enter Monkey Musk, a Scotch-scented cologne.

Monkey Shoulder entered the blended malt Scotch category a decade ago, sticking its nose up at convention. After years of pushing drinkers to have fun with their whisky, Monkey Shoulder took another step and created a limited-edition scent with the combination of tasting and aroma notes like zesty orange, vanilla, honey and spiced oak you typically enjoy in a whiskey cocktail.

Ensuring that the Monkey Musk fragrance was just right was the most important piece of the puzzle; Malt Master Brian Kinsman, the man behind the Monkey Shoulder blend, took the reigns, ensuring Monkey Musk featured every note found in its namesake whisky – and then some.

“The process of creating whisky is in many ways similar to a perfumer crafting a fragrance,” said Kinsman in a news release. “We both prioritize the quality of elements going into the blend and spend hours perfecting the combination of different notes. It’s a science, and the beautiful blend of Monkey Shoulder deserved to be replicated as a fragrance since it’s made up of tasting notes you’d typically find in leading fragrances.”

Of course, a fragrance is only as good as its model. That’s why, to announce the launch of Monkey Musk, Monkey Shoulder once again teamed up with actor, comedian and TV show host Joel McHale (“The Soup,” “Ted,” “Spider-Man 2”) to bring his signature humor to a whisky that knows a thing or two about poking fun at pretentiousness. And don’t worry – you won’t see him in a traditional fragrance ad with a jungle backdrop or a woman sitting on his shoulder.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Monkey Shoulder again to launch the incredible Monkey Musk Fragrance … although I’m a little shocked it’s taken me this long to secure a fragrance deal,” McHale said. “That said, I am grateful and humble and IN YOUR FACE CHRIS EVANS. The Monkey Shoulder blended Scotch inspired fragrance Monkey Musk is just as good as the hard stuff.”

Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Anna Mains has also crafted a cocktail inspired by the Monkey Musk fragrance. The Nosey Monkey cocktail is made up of the same ingredients replicated in the notes of the fragrance including orange and honey.

The Nosey Monkey

  • 1 1/2 parts Monkey Shoulder
  • 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 parts fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 parts honey syrup
  • 3 dash angostura bitters
  • Top with Prosecco or dry champagne
  • Orange twist for garnish

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