Ja­panese drinks firm Sun­tory plan­ning to ma­ture whiskey in space

The China Post - - LIFE -

Ja­panese whiskey will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-grav­ity en­vi­ron­ment af­fects its fla­vor, one of the coun­try’s big­gest drinks mak­ers said Fri­day.

Sam­ples of whiskey pro­duced by Sun­tory will be stored in the Ja­panese lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­ity of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion for at least a year, with some flasks stay­ing longer.

Re­searchers for the com­pany be­lieve that stor­ing the bev­er­age in an en­vi­ron­ment with only slight tem­per­a­ture changes and lim­ited liq­uid move­ment could lead to a mel­lower fla­vor.

Sun­tory will send whiskey aged for 10, 18 and 21 years as well as a num­ber of other al­co­holic sub­stances.

Once they are re­turned to Earth, blenders will as­sess their fla­vors while re­searchers sub­ject the liq­uids to sci­en­tific anal­y­sis, the com­pany said.

“For the mo­ment, we’re not think­ing about ap­ply­ing the study re­sults to com­mer­cial prod­ucts,” a Sun­tory spokes­woman told AFP.

Whiskey de­mand rock­eted in Ja­pan last year af­ter na­tional broad- caster NHK aired a pe­riod drama called “Mas­san,” the true story of a Ja­panese en­tre­pre­neur and his Scot­tish wife who are cred­ited with es­tab­lish­ing Ja­pan’s first whiskey dis­tillery.

Sales also soared when Sun­tory’s Ya­mazaki Sin­gle Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was named the best in the world by the pres­ti­gious Jim Mur­ray’s Whisky Bi­ble 2015.

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