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Tasting Notes – Glenfarclas Movember 2011

Submitted by Tim Brice on November 18, 2011 – 11:35 pmNo Comment

A few short days ago, while astride my front porch on a sunny fall afternoon, I found myself caught in the rare nexus of serious booze and worthy charity. There lay a package that had traveled far to both inspire and imbibe. It was a sample of a unique Glenfarclas 9 year offered exclusively from the good lads (and lassies) at Master of Malt. Bottled just this last September, this particular whisky is being released in support of Movember 2011, the month long event that has fine fellows the world over growing and grooming their upper lips in support of men’s health issues.

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Glenfarclas Movember 2011

Begun in Australia in 2003, the Movember movement has spread the across an entire world of upper lips. Moustachioed men are joining the effort in droves, proud and well groomed, to call attention to a range of mens health issues that often do not get a lot of popular attention or support, such as prostate cancer. Movember.com’s official U.S. web site describes the effort thusly:

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

Even though the month of Movember is quickly coming to a neatly waxed end, you should all visit Movember.com to find out how you can support such a noble and handsome movement.

The aforementioned fine folks at Master of Malt and Glenfarclas have provided another avenue of participation and donation: one of deliciousness. With each £39.95 purchase of this exclusive offering, Master of Malt will donate a full £10.00 directly to Movember to help the cause of improving men’s health. While the donation in your name is nice, getting a full bottle of notably good whisky is even nicer. Warm your heart while you warm your spirit, I always say.

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Movember 2011: A Well Groomed World Wide Movement For Mens Health

On the nose, the Glenfarclas 9 year Movember 2011 is a superstar. A truly drinkable aroma that is so good it actually, I believe, encourages the slow emptying of your dram just to prolong being caressed by its warming breath. Sounds of hyperbole, I’m sure. However, I am truly taken by it. The briefest inhale of this whisky is forcefully met with the best of both Kentucky and Jerez. A quick whaff of bourbon is quickly followed by the velvet warmth of Amontillado sherry with hidden lesser notes of cardamon, black pepper and pine. It is quite something.

On the palate, a quick welcoming sweetness proceeds an oaky warmth. Later in the sip, the co-mingling notes of light oak and, surprisingly, good blanco tequila hover before a slightly astringent finish of salty carmel brittle candy. Master of Malt describes this expression as an “aperitif whisky” and I think I agree. The flavor is intriguing but light enough to not get in the way of the meal or night to come. That said, I find the Glenfarclas 9 year Movember 2011 performs admirably in the wee small hours as well. It is right at home alongside a hand rolled cigar and a heady conversation about the great mustached men in history.

Doing good is noble. Drinking well is divine. I challenge you to join me at this unique confluence of noble divinity. Buy a bottle or two of the Glenfarclas 9 year Movember 2011 exclusively from Master of Malt and encourage your naked lipped friends to do the same. It’s the least they can do. Then make it clear to them that next Movember it’ll be mustaches all around.

Thank you for listening.

Cheers!

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