New scotch finally coming!

Old Jun 24, 16, 8:58 am
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New scotch finally coming!

As many FT'ers including myself enjoy drinking scotch, it was just posted to United Airtime that they will now be offering Glenfarclas.

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Customers including our Airtime readers asked us for a premium scotch, so beginning in July 1, 2016, well be offering Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky on flights worldwide for $8.99.
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Old Jun 24, 16, 9:00 am
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Great news!

Is this in addition to or instead f Dewars? I really dislike Dewars.
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^^^

It's priced the same as the other 'premium' booze, so I am guessing it will be available for free in F/J cabins.

Glenfarclas is (IMO) a great pick for an airline. It's a Speyside, so rather agreeable to most palates, and a more than acceptable substitute for the long-gone Glenlivet. It's not a mainstream brand in the USA, either, so will be pretty distinctive. Hopefully it's communicated well to the flight attendants, as sometimes I still get quizzical looks when I ask for Buffalo Trace!
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^^^

It's priced the same as the other 'premium' booze, so I am guessing it will be available for free in F/J cabins.

Glenfarclas is (IMO) a great pick for an airline. It's a Speyside, so rather agreeable to most palates, and a more than acceptable substitute for the long-gone Glenlivet.
Agreed on both accounts. I can only drink so much Oban or Laphroaig, and on a plane isn't exactly the place I could enjoy it.
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Glenfarclas is (IMO) a great pick for an airline. It's a Speyside, so rather agreeable to most palates, and a more than acceptable substitute for the long-gone Glenlivet.
Some single malt enthusiasts will consider Glenfarclas to be superior to Glenlivet.
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Old Jun 24, 16, 9:19 am
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This and a contract for the flight attendants after six years: great news day for this airline! I don't know this scotch, but I look forward to cashing in a drink chit to try it out on my flight next Sunday.

There's also a new beer, although the Airtime post isn't clear if it replaces the others or not:

New beer
Customers asked us for more adventurous and interesting beers, so in response to that feedback, beginning July 1, 2016, we will offer Goose Island Four Star Pils on flights worldwide for $7.99.
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Old Jun 24, 16, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by CIT85 View Post
Some single malt enthusiasts will consider Glenfarclas to be superior to Glenlivet.
I will confess I've only tried Glenfarclas on a handful of occasions... IIRC it's aged in sherry casks so that gives it a very different flavor profile than the rather generic Glenlivet 12 (which is not great... 'starter Scotch').

I'm pretty happy with this one.
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Great news!!!
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Originally Posted by CIT85 View Post
Some single malt enthusiasts will consider Glenfarclas to be superior to Glenlivet.
I would venture to say far superior. Regardless, as others have said it is an easy-drinking whisky that is not as widely known as the Glenlivet so all positive as far as I am concerned.
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Originally Posted by DCA writer View Post
There's also a new beer, although the Airtime post isn't clear if it replaces the others or not:
The 4 star is the national launch [rebrand] of Blue Line, which was an on tap exclusive last summer here in Chicago. Very nice and refreshing Pils on tap, hopefully translates well to bottle, I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

Originally Posted by FlyingUsedToBeFun View Post
I would venture to say far superior. Regardless, as others have said it is an easy-drinking whisky that is not as widely known as the Glenlivet so all positive as far as I am concerned.
I made a stop at the Glenfarclas distillery while in Scotland a couple years ago, very drinkable and accessible to almost all palates. I'm a Islay guy, but like the poster above, not exactly keen on sipping Laphroiag or Lagavulin at 36k feet.
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Originally Posted by domzals1 View Post
The 4 star is the national launch [rebrand] of Blue Line, which was an on tap exclusive last summer here in Chicago. Very nice and refreshing Pils on tap, hopefully translates well to bottle, I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
Brewed by Goose Island? Someone else?
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj View Post
Brewed by Goose Island? Someone else?
With the exception of some Chicago-area exclusive beers, Goose Island brands are now brewed in AB facilities.
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Originally Posted by nevansm View Post
Agreed on both accounts. I can only drink so much Oban or Laphroaig, and on a plane isn't exactly the place I could enjoy it.
Once can never drink too much Laphroaig.
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj View Post
Brewed by Goose Island? Someone else?
Originally Posted by rflor View Post
With the exception of some Chicago-area exclusive beers, Goose Island brands are now brewed in AB facilities.
Correct, brewed by Goose but at AB facilities, probably in NY. Even the flagship 312 is no longer brewed in Chicago despite carrying the area code moniker.

I think the local Green Line draft kegs are still brewed in Chicago post-national distribution, as are the Bourbon County limited releases.
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Old Jun 24, 16, 10:45 am
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Once can never drink too much Laphroaig.
Given United's pretty extensive Scotland service, I always thought it would be appropriate to provision a 'special' bottle of Scotch in BF in the same way regional wines are offered for Germany, Spain, Italy, etc. Perhaps even a thought for the "tasting" aspect of the new Polaris service... @:-)

The Glenfarclas will do, though! Looking forward to giving it a try next month...
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