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Issue 89 - Ask the expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 89
July 2010

 

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I have an unusual bottle of Scotch, no knowledge of whisky or collecting it, and thought you might know if I have anything out of the ordinary. In 1986 I was working as an aircraft mechanic for an airline that purchased a fleet of new Jetstream 31 commuter aeroplanes that were manufactured by British Aerospace in Prestwick Scotland. These planes were flown in to Charlotte, NC.

where we took possession of them, and on each one, a case of special Scotch was found in the carry-on baggage compartment.

Being one of the first people to climb aboard the new aircraft when they arrived. I was able to procure several bottles of the Scotch. One unopened bottle remains in my possession after almost 25 years. It is labelled as follows: Civil Aircraft Division Prestwick. JETSTREAM 31 De Luxe Scotch Whisky. 8 Years Old. Specially Blended & Bottled For British Aerospace PLC Prestwick. By Eaglesome Ltd. Campbeltown Scotland. 1 litre 40% Vol.

In 1986 after drinking our fair share of the stuff, I remember us commenting about it going down a little rough but what would a bunch of young mechanics know about sipping Scotch? Is there anything special about this last known surviving bottle and after 33 years will the whisky have mellowed a bit?

J. Webb, Charlotte, North Carolina, U. S. A.

What a great story of how you acquired your bottle of Jetstream 31 De Luxe Whisky.

The spirit will not have mellowed or matured in the bottle so it will taste the same as you remember. A bottle of Jetstream 3...

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