Million-Dollar Whiskey from Space

Million-Dollar Whiskey from Space

After orbiting the earth for three years, the Ardbeg whisky compounds return home

Kourosh Behnam
  • 27 october 2014

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.

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