Ardbeg Distillery is using space's gravitational qualities to explore the future of alcohol

The flavor and quality of a glass of whisky largely depends on how it was aged. Ardbeg Distillery of Scotland has paired up with NanoRacks, a Texas space research company, to explore a new way of aging the beverage – and it starts in space.

In 2011, the team sent 20 vials of unmatured whiskey particles into space via a Russian rocket to see how the microgravity conditions of space would affect whisky's maturation process. With NASA's approval, the experiment has taken place on the International Space Station, and will come to an end on September 12th when the vials touch down in Kazakhstan and are shipped to the Texas lab.

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