What’s better than a fine single malt? How about one that’s been matured in zero g? Space whisky is here, thanks to a Scottish distillery that decided to blast a barrel up to the ISS for a bit of out-of-this world maturing.
Nope, this isn’t a joke. It’s all part of an experiment to see what the effect of the near-zero gravity in orbit is on the properties of large, complex molecules. Whisky and its malting agents, including terpenes and other molecules, that are traditionally held in the wood of the oak ageing barrels should make damn tasty examples for testing.
A Scottish distillery called Ardbeg from the island of Islay and a US space research company called NanoRacks have paired-up for the orbital maturing. The whisky made its way up to the ISS in October last year and will be up there for two years total, but the experiment was only now announced at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
The science is pretty interesting, and could lead to some even better flavours according to the researchers. I don’t know about you though, but I just want to taste it – I wonder if you can taste the space. [The Register]
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