Overall not worthy of the amount of praise it appears to get imho.
Maybe it's me.
Of course it's you.
Everyone's expectations and tastes will differ when it comes to whiskies. And this fact is particularly applicable when considering a spirit (like Monkey Shoulder) that's blended to appeal to a wider audience.
I've quite enjoyed Monkey Shoulder, finding it to be a very drinkable, well-put-together spirit. But that said, Monkey Shoulder should definitely not be compared in the same light as some of the more intense and characterful single malt whiskies. I find it, rather, to represent a quite easy going spirit with just enough complexity to lift it above the average pour.