Whisky Magazine Issue 109
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Joe Bates follows a bottle of Glenfiddich to Edinburgh
Freezing fog and jet planes aren't a good mix. I should know. I recently spent a cramped two hours in economy class waiting to take off from a frost-covered Heathrow while our wings and engines were thoroughly de-iced. Airports that rarely see snow occasionally run out of de-icer when freakish weather strikes. Exactly that happened at Alicante airport recently, but one frustrated SAS pilot wasn't going to wait for Spanish airport staff to nip down to the hardware store.
Faced with a planeload of irate passengers eager to get home, the quick-thinking captain raided the onboard duty-free trolley and proceeded to pour three bottles of whisky over the wings. Press reports about the incident failed to recount what type of whisky was sacrificed to get the plane airborne, but apparently it worked. It just goes to prove what a versatile product whisky is.
Whisky can also change lives for the better. Consider bottle No.7 of the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, one of just 11 bottles of this rare 55 Years Old whisky released last year to celebrate the remarkable life of Janet Roberts. The granddaughter of William Grant himself, Janet lived to the grand old age of 110 and before her death in 2011 was Scotland's oldest woman.
World Duty Free Group bought this rare dram at a charity auction last year for a whopping £42,000. The money went to the Lotus Flower Trust, which sets up orphanages and schools for disabled children in poor rural areas of India.
The story doesn't end t...