The Courier-Mail

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”.

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