Whisky in space!

Posted by Rezwan Razani on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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The BBC Reports “A limited edition whisky has been launched to mark a unique experiment in space.”

A rocket carrying vials of chemical compounds from Ardbeg’s Islay distillery was blasted up to the International Space Station last year to test the effects of near zero gravity on the maturation process.

Ardbeg has now released “Ardbeg Galileo” to celebrate the event.

The experiment is believed to be the first of its kind.

The micro-organic compounds will spend up to two years in space interacting with charred oak in near zero gravity conditions.

The results will be compared with a control sample currently maturing on terra firma at Ardbeg’s Islay distillery.

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at Ardbeg, said: “So far so good. The experiment went live in January when the scientists broke the separating wall between the two components.

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