Great news for whiskey lovers! British Airways has created limited edition whisky which will be served to the passengers by 2031.
The Centenary Cask is created to celebrate the carrier’s 100 year aviation heritage this year. British Airways (BA) has partnered with Scottish distiller InchDairnie to create a limited edition whisky that will culminate in a centenary dram being served up in 2031. The announcement is well-timed with World Whisky day approaching on May 18th.
Over the coming 12 years the cask-aged spirit will mature before being decanted into 300 limited-edition bottles that will be served exclusively on British Airways flights in 2031.
According to InchDairnie the maturation process “will draw out vanilla and coconut flavours and a dark colour from the cask, before ageing to create a malty, fruity Scotch whisky to work perfectly at altitude.”
BA joined the expert distillers at InchDairnie to mix malted barley, water and yeast before distilling and pouring it into a bespoke American oak cask once used to mature bourbon.
According to BA the cask is made of American oak – a nod to the up to 30 journeys the carrier makes across the Atlantic each day with a cask head made of French oak, a tribute to the first flight to Paris made by BA forerunner AT&T way back in 1919.
Glenrothes-based InchDairnie (which means ‘hidden land close to water’) only began distilling in 2015 and is yet to release any single malt Scotch whiskies. The first will arrive in 2029 and the distillery even has a countdown clock on its website.
Commenting on the news Kelly Stevenson, British Airways’ Wine and Beverage Manager, said: “Celebrating our centenary is all about honouring our airline’s history, as well as looking to the future. Inchdairnie has a modern and innovative approach to whisky distilling and we’ve incorporated touches with a nod to our history. In years to come our customers will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of their seat – we know it will be worth the wait.”
InchDairnie Managing Director Ian Palmer – who has been distilling whisky for more than 40 years – added: “Although we are a new distillery, through the use of industry-leading technology we are bringing together decades of industry experience and knowledge, enabling us to fine-tune one of the most meticulously designed distillation processes in the world.”
Flyers can also own a bit of history as InchDairnie has created the ultra-exclusive Centenary Cask programme which will be showcased at the airline’s new First bar in New York from June. Twelve casks are being offered exclusively to Bas customers between now and the end of September, with each having a unique taste profile.