Movember & Sons shave-down

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

Team TLDCLeft to right: Charlie ‘Marco’ Chaplin, Mo’ & Son Darren and angrily passionate Andrew

 

Movember and Sons 2012

It’s November, and you know what that means — the Mo is back!

Whisky 4 Movember will keep you up to date with all the whisky and mo related news you can handle. We might even throw in a few photos of the most glorious moustaches grown to support this great cause!

In fact, why not join the Whisky 4 Movember team and grow a mustachio yourself to help us support Movember?

In case you’re not familiar, Movember is a charity that raises funds and awareness of men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. It’s also the reason why, for the month of November, men all around the country will be sporting creepy porno moustaches. (All in support of a great cause, of course.)

“Knowledge is Power
Health is for Life”

Movember and Sons ’12

Movember-and-Sons

 

Movember money is making a difference!

As a Movember group it’s always good see what & where some of the funds we raised go to.

The YouTube Video below shows some of the research that is being done with donations by everyone globally. It’s easy to get involved, as you don’t have to grow a Mo, there are plenty of other ways to take part.

Start your own team and join the W4M Group, or join the 2011 Whisky 4 Movember team and help make a difference!

Starting to look like Freddie Mercury!

This is Freddie not Darren

OK, it’s near the end of Momber 2010 and we have to confess that Darren is looking more and more like Freddie Mercury.

The likeness is a little uncanny, but the team was wondering what his missus thinks of it? Well we found out she just laughs at him in a loving way.  This could be the start of the theme for Darren, copying celebrity moustache fashions.

Guess we’ll find out next year?!

In the meantime here are some bits for inspiration:

Top five – Celebrity Moustaches

 

Big Thanks to Glasgow Whisky Festival

Over the weekend Darren pack up some of the “Whisky 4 Movember” whisky and headed to Glasgow for the aptly named, Glasgow Whisky Festival. By all accounts it was a great success, with the stand we’ll attended and we hope to return again in 2011.

Darren at Glasgow's Whisky Festival

You can find them on twitter @GlasWhiskyFest or at the festival website.

The event aim is to put Glasgow back on the whisky map with an emphasis on Glasgow’s closest distilleries and the independent bottlers that belong to the city. But it’s not just about Glasgow, and featured whisky from all of Scotland and the rest of the world.

The event is co-organised by Mark Connelly (who had an impressive Mo for Movember), founder of WhiskyWhiskyWhisky and Bill Mackintosh, Chairman of Glasgow’s Whisky Club.

Both became frustrated at what Scotland’s largest city has to offer the whisky enthusiast and feel that Scotland national drink deserves to be given a bigger stage.

The dates for 2011 have been announced already as this year event sold out quickly.  If your interested in going here’s more info:

Date: Saturday 19th November, 2011

Times: 1pm – 5pm

Price: £20, plus booking fee. Available online, or from The Arches box office (by phone +44 (0)141 565 1000)

Whisky Squad Aftermath

Once again at Whisky Squad we had a brilliant session of tasting Scotland’s finest produce and sharing enlightening and informationsome discussery!  Among last night’s whiskies were the limited Whisky4Movember Bottlings (Mo’land and Smo’key), as well as a rare chance to try last year’s Mo’rkney bottle.  My notes – barely legible as they turned out to be were “Mo’land – smells like expensive New Zealand health honey!” and “Smo’key – oily orangey forest fire”.  Doubtless someone else will have something more sensible to say about them shortly.

The fundraising seems to be ticking over nicely so far, and our mo’s are starting to take shape.  I could only find pictures of 2 of the Whisky Squad Movember contingent – the other 3 don’t appear to have mastered camera technology.

As of 12:15 on Movember 5th, the Movember effort in the UK has raised £1,449,614 – an incredible achievement which will make a great difference to a lot of mens’ lives, and if we can have a bit of fun whilst simultaneously aiding that goal then that’s a highly excellent thing too.

Also, last night amid the twittering we learned that Whyte and Mackay’s Master Blender Richard Paterson (aka @the_nose to the Twitterati) – who has already generously lent his support to Whisky4Movember in the form of  appearing on one of the labels – has shed his famous 25-year mo to raise awareness for the cause!  Top effort, that man!

Relevantly, an interview with Master Mr Paterson appeared in Swedish lifestyle magazine site LivetsGoda.se (English translation here) talking about Master Of Malt’s bottlings, and his personal relationship with the cause as a survivor of prostate cancer.  And, as Google Translate suggests he probably said in English at some point: If they do not, and participating in the campaign, they are just a bunch of “Pussi”.

I don’t think any of us could argue with that.

Day 4 – Mo news

Well thats us at day four and it seems we’ve raised £781 already as a team (excluding whisky sales). Thanks to the chaps at the Whisky Squad for your donation and time, plus to Darren for coming down and doing the tasting session.

For those who might not be growing a Moustache due to work commitments then signed up for the 5km Battersea Park running the Mo on the 21st Nov.

A bunch of us will be down there relaying with some of this years Whisky4Movember bottlings from Master of Malt (see the bottle page link above). W4M team

Whisky legend Richard Paterson takes part in Movember

So, Richard has kindly taken part in the Whisky 4 Movember team campaign this year!

Richard Paterson Smo'key Whisky

As you’ll see he’s featured in the label set along with Dave Broom, Marcin Miller, Charlie and Serge. Richard had his own battle with prostate cancer,so we’re glad he could chip in and help out. Thanks to all the guys involved and hopefully we’ll have a great Movember!

Update:  Here’s a link to an Article about Richard Movember activity in the Scottish SUN.