Movember bottlings on the bar at the Whisky Picnic in Edinburgh
Movember bottlings on the bar at the Whisky Picnic in Edinburgh.

The more observant of you will have noticed that for the past 27 days, a blooming great moustache has adorned the front page of our website, and the Master of Malt logo has also sported a rather dashing pair of lip-weasels. The reason for this isn’t temporary insanity – we’re simply showing our support for the month-long men’s health charity event – Movember.

Every November (November, Moustache, Movember – geddit?) men all across the country grow their ‘taches from scratch, and join in with events to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Charity. It’s a sobering thought that prostate cancer accounts for a full quarter of all incidences of cancer in men in the UK, and raising awareness of this condition is something that we’re glad to be a part of.

The Master of Malt team has shown its support in 2009 by growing (mainly very inadequate) moustaches, and launching a special edition ‘Whisky 4 Movember’ bottling. All the profits generated by this bottling are being donated directly to Movember.

Master of Malt stumbled across founding members of Movember – JC and Anthony Power – at the whisky picnic in Edinburgh earlier this month, and (quite apart from having the best names we’ve heard this year) we were utterly blown away by their commitment and dedication to fundraising.

JC and Ant – resplendent in matching Movember jackets
JC and Ant – resplendent in matching Movember jackets.

In the interests of full disclosure, it’s not all been hard work for Movember – at a long lunch event last week our lead developer, Rob, got to meet one of his all time heroes – David Prowse (The actor who played Darth Vader for those of you not quite as obsessed as Rob).

Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.
Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.

A bit about the whisky now:

The whisky is a Vatted Malt (sorry, sorry, a Blended Malt – I can see S.W.A. agents with dark glasses descending on the office as I type) whisky from Orkney, composed of whiskies from Highland Park and Scapa Distilleries. This is one of our favourite bottlings of recent months – an exceptionally smooth and drinkable whisky that shows off the heather-honey-rich quality of Orkney better than many examples at twice the price. Tasting notes for the whisky are below – kindly provided by the marvelous whisky blog

Whisky 4 Movember 40%

Nose: Layers of sweet cereal, honey and chopped hazelnuts, followed by a very light and zesty citrus fruit/diced apple and lovely hints of fresh honeysuckle. Really inviting and heady.

Palate: The sweetness continues with a huge hit of fruity malt loaf, buttery candy notes and more of those chopped nuts. The whiskies certainly feel a lot older than the 11 years listed and the rich mouth feel and oiliness ensures that this is a highly moreish dram. A little licorice and some further floral notes develop as the palate dries.

Finish: Lovely and juicy, with a long resonance, hints of dark treacle, stewed apple and sweet malted barley.

Overall: At under £30, this is an exceptional drinker and, coupled with the fact that the profits are going to a hugely good cause, means it is a bottling you should grab asap.

Want to know more about Movember? Visit,, and go and buy the marvelous Eurotash book from – need more convincing – okay – here’s a picture of the author, Steve Ryan. Just look at that ‘tache. Look at it.

Just look at the ‘tache. LOOK AT IT!!!
Just look at the ‘tache. LOOK AT IT!!!

 The Chaps at Master of Malt.

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