The team from TLDC hasn’t shaved for about a week now. The bare cheeks and upper lip will be revealed again after the Movember shave-down this evening. The London Distillery Company supports and joined team Whisky 4 Movember.
A few weeks ago, Darren, Marco and Andrew were sitting around, trying to figure out what to do with the first whisky to come off a still in London for over a hundred years, and then it hit us: Movember (the month formerly known as November) is right around the corner…
The London Distillery Company will fill limited edition 20-litre casks of whisky, sell them to caring malt-lovers, and donate half of the proceeds to charity! Needless to say, they were a little excited. We debated on how many we would fill and landed on the seemingly arbitrary number of ‘109’ – but that’s one cask for each year since the last whisky distillery in London closed its doors for good.
The casks will be shipped in from selected craft distilleries in the United States, like the decent fellas at Balcones Distillery in Texas. Owner Chip Tate read about our idea online and got in touch with us over Twitter to donate a whole pallet’s worth of beautiful American oak casks, freshly disgorged of Bourbon. (Cheers, Chip. Plenty respect and Mo’ Bro love from across the Atlantic.)
Each cask will be individually numbered and have its own unique moustache hand carved or branded into the end. And if you’re feeling especially proud of your Movember effort, then you can send us a photograph of your mo’ and we’ll have our talented artists immortalise it in the wood for you. To top it all off, you can even come to the distillery and fill the barrel yourself.
Casks cost £495 ex. VAT, which works out at approx. £36 per 70cl bottle of cask strength whisky when all is done and the taxman is happy. If you want to tuck your cask under your pillow for safe keeping (and the occasional sample?) then you can pay the duty upfront and take it home once its filled. If you’d rather we kept it, that’s fine too. Up to three years storage in our warehouse is included in the price.
And for all you naysayers who think that a 20-litre cask is too small to age in, don’t fret. Andrew is going to design a uniquely tailored, one-off spirit with Dr. Jim Swan, wood specialist and whisky consultant to the stars, so that your whisky is perfectly fruity and mellow after resting for only 36 months. The secret is in the fermentation…
Anyone interested in buying a cask should contact Darren directly at: darren [at] thelondondistillerycompany [dot] com
Left to right: Charlie ‘Marco’ Chaplin, Mo’ & Son Darren and angrily passionate Andrew