Booze Review

Whisky Review – Glenfarclas Movember 2011

If you’re a regular reader of this blog and love whisk(e)y, then you’re already familiar with Master of Malt and the Glenfarclas Distillery. But what is all this Movember business about? Rather than go on and on about this whisky from Glenfarclas and how it relates to Movember, I will save you some trouble and let our friends from Master of Malt tell you a bit about how they are related:

This limited edition Glenfarclas has been bottled in partnership with online retailers, Mo-Bro’s, and poor-quality dresser-uppers Master of Malt in support of Movember. Movember is a men’s health charity which raises awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. £10 from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Movember.

Distilled in September 2002 and bottled in September 2011, this most unusual 9 year old Glenfarclas has been taken from two Oloroso sherry hogshead casks, and can be perfectly described as an ‘aperitif whisky’ – nutty and intensely savoury.

This past Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised by a small package from Master of Malt which contained a sample of this whisky.

Let’s get on with the review…

  • Appearance: Deep, rich amber color with a reddish tint when held up to the light.
  • Aroma: Very sweet and spicy on the nose. Rum soaked raisins. Vanilla. Cinnamon. Gingersnap cookies. Dry Sherry.
  • Taste: Very little alcohol burn when you drink it at full strength. That first sip warms the middle of your tongue with cinnamon spiciness, but with some sweetness lurking in the background. The Sherry influence become very apparent at mid palate and leads you to a spicy, warm, and moderately dry finish. The rich, complex flavors linger for several minutes.
  • ABV: 53%

The Glenfarclas Movember 2011 is a rich, flavorful, and exceptionally smooth Single Malt Whisky. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was written on the label, I would have never guessed that it had such a high alcohol content (no water was added to my glass during this tasting). I know that Master of Malt is calling this an aperitif whisky, but I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to end your meal with a dram of this delicious spirit.

Thanks again to Master of Malt for sending the sample. And if you want to know more about Movember, click the pic to visit their Official Website…

9 replies »

    • Scottish Highlands. Distillery tours. Mandatory tours of the Glenfarclas gardens. In the words of the late great Livia Soprano, “Poor you!”. Heh


  1. Great review & as a fellow whisky-geek, I appreciate the quick clarity on Movember. I, like I’m sure many people, have seen it blogged & tweeted about but you are right, never had time to properly figure out what it was all about.

    Glad you were able to spread the good word! Clearly a very important cause and what a nice way to raise money and awareness. (Can I also say that I love the sample bottle? The red wax and organic-looking label is quite appealing in the small size).

    Thanks G-LO!


    • Have you ever ordered from Master of Malt? They do a very classy job with their packaging. They also happen to sell some rather fine whiskies. This Glenfarclas Movember 2011 was particularly tasty.

      Always happy to entertain AND inform! Cheers!


  2. Sounds like a good whisky – I’d be interested on your thoughts regarding the Glenfarclas 105 – We’ve found it to be quite a divisive one. By the way, I’ve finally worked out how to start linking our favourite blogs on the page, so you’re on there – Eventually we might be able to organise a Liebster award too! Many thanks!



    • It was a very nice whisky! And regarding the Glenfarclas 105, I have not had it. Sounds rather intense and flavorful. I have only had the 12 and the Movember 2011 expressions. The 15 YO is supposed to be superb, but alas, it is not available in the US.

      As far as the links, thanks so much for the add! You have been added to ours as well.



  3. Scoring the 15 is not difficult and really is worth the extra effort (… you do need to order a few bottles to blunt the shipping costs. Even with shipping, it’s considerably less than my local (Austin) options for many expressions.


    • Thanks for the advice Lance. Yossi at the Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society is also a huge fan, so the Glenfarclas 15 is high on my list. I’ll get there one day for sure.

      Thanks for the comment and the visit!


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