Million-Dollar Whiskey from Space
After orbiting the earth for three years, the Ardbeg whisky compounds return home
What do you think whisky matured in space would taste like? Well, your thoughts can now become a reality thanks to an innovative Scottish distillery.
In 2011, a groundbreaking study blasted off into space. Ardbeg teamed up with US based research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in testing a class of chemical compounds known as ‘terpenes’. These compounds were launched up to the International Space Station in a unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft to test the effects of micro organic compounds on the maturation process (the interaction of these compounds with charred oak) between micro-gravity in space and normal gravity on Earth. The vials of Ardbeg orbited the earth’s atmosphere at 17,227 mph, 15 times a day for 1,045 days. On the other hand, identical vials of Ardbeg were being held in Scotland to act as a control sample.