A team from the distillery company based on the Scottish Isle of Islay has joined forces with experts from US space research company NanoRacks, to test the interaction between the molecules from a sample of unmatured malt whisky with particles of charred oak, used in the kegs that normally store the liquor.
The experiment was launched in October last year to the International Space Station where it will stay for 2 years in the microgravity environment. Details were only released yesterday at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Sadly, for the astronauts currently floating onboard the ISS it is a case of look but don’t touch. No ‘out of this world’ wee dram of whisky for them to toast with – though as all whisky-lovers will know, it takes many years to mature a good malt so the ISS supply would probably taste more like rocket fuel than Ardbeg’s finest bottle of whisky!
More details on the BBC news site.