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Whisky from Space

By Amber Rolt on 3/09/14 10:00 AM

The results of a space-ageing whisky experiment will soon be revealed when a vial of Ardbeg malt whisky returns to earth after three years in orbit.

The vial of un-matured malt whisky was shot onto the International Space Station in 2011. This was part of an experiment to uncover the differences, if any, of space aged whisky compared to its earth based counterpart.

Scientists’ key consideration will be what the effect of a close-to-zero gravity environment might have had on the whisky following 1,045 days, which is nearly three years, circling the earth’s orbit.

An identical bottle has been housed at the distillery on Islay to act as a control sample against which scientists will compare. The whisky is set to return to earth on 12 September landing in Kazakhstan.The trial is being carried out in partnership with Texas-based space research company NanoRacks LLC.