I picked up a bottle after a bartender - sorry, mixologist - acquaintance said it is the #1 whisky he would recommend to someone new to whisky. He said it was very smooth. Let's see...
Monkey Shoulder Batch 27, 43% ABV
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Price range, 750 mL: $25-35
Nose: Honey, vanilla, and bright fruits.
Palate: Honey, vanilla, and bright fruits with a malty backbone.
Finish: Wood turning into some char; a bit harsh. Not really in keeping with the nose and palate, and turning into a not-so-nice experience after a while.
Rating (of 100): 80. Can't say this is a great introduction dram for the uninitiated, or even for the very-much-initiated. Probably best as a mixer, which is what I understand it's mainly used for anyway.