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01 Nov 2011

Glenfarclas Movember 2011

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenfarclas

Movember whiskyDuring the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Master of Malt is supporting this charity by the release of a 9 years old Glenfarclas (the youngest we’ve tried so far), distilled in September 2002 and taken from two oloroso hogsheads. It will go on sale today.


Glenfarclas 2002 - Movember - Master of MaltGlenfarclas 9 yo 2002 (53%, OB for Master of Malt 2011, oloroso hogsheads #2659 & 2662)

Nose: clean, rich sherry with plenty of rum & raisins, raspberry jam and kirschy notes. Some spicy chocolate. Oranges and red grapes. Hints of almond liqueur. A very juicy (and slightly more balanced) version of Glenfarclas 105. Mouth: in that same tradition of the 105. Deep sherry with dark sugar and raisins all over. Plums. Gets spicy (cardamom, pepper) with a savoury and lightly herbal (even salty) touch. Finish: baked pear with caramelized sugar, dried orange and a fair amount of oak.

Maybe these casks were pre-destined for the 105, but they turned out to be better than average? The result is very nice indeed. Around € 45 of which around € 11 will be donated to Movember. Please note that both Master of Malt and Glenfarclas are working at cost price on this project. Great initiative.

Score: 87/100

Glenfarclas Movember 2011 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-11-01
  • Gal Granov גל גרנוב (@galg)

    A very nice bottling this year, and from Glenfarclas. by the looks of it. i am going to love this one, as a lover of the 105. and GF in general.
    sample is on the way, and i’ve also ordered a bottle. a grand cause, and at a great price.

    Ruben, are you also growing a tache? I am…

    happy dramming.


  • Ruben

    No moustache for me. Except for the 3-day version that I happen to have today…

  • Jens Wedin

    Yes, a great dram. I also loved it and thinking of getting a bottle. My notes are about the same as yours :)

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