Whisky is out of this world
EDINBURGH: Whisky fired into space almost four years ago as part of an experiment has returned to Earth with enhanced flavour and character, according to its creator.
A vial of unmatured singlemalt Scotch, from the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay, was sent to the International Space Station in a cargo spacecraft in October 2011, along with particles of charred oak. Another vial of the same whisky was kept at the distillery for comparison.
It returned to Earth last year and tests by the distillery found the space samples were “noticeably different” to those on Earth. Ardbeg said it could have “significant implications for the whisky industry”.
Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, said it had a different set of smoky flavours “I have not encountered here on Earth before”.