Very special Scotch coming to U.S.

Edinburgh bartender. (W.M. Dowd photo)
It's not exactly of the magnitude of the latest "Planet of the Apes" movie, but a simian-related marketing change may please Scotch drinkers.

Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt Scotch Whisky is coming to the U.S.

I first tasted this particular boutique brand while on a pub crawl in Edinburgh, Scotland, a few years ago, where it was all the rage. (You can read my take on it on my Dowd's Tasting Notes blog.)

The peculiar name comes from a common physical condition some distillery workers got from the labor-intensive handwork necessary before distilleries became so high-tech. Use that in your next bar chat.

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