In 2011, Ardbeg, the “Ultimate Islay Malt Whiskey,” embarked on a 1,045-day long experiment in cooperation with NanoRocks, to see what would happen to barrel samples that matured in space.
Under the direction of Dr. Bill Lumsden,
Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whiskey Creation, a single vial orbited the earth with samples of the brand’s new American Oak Barrel as well as other samples containing a special liquid containing a number of Ardbeg crafted molecules such as terpenes, aldehydes and fatty acid esters.
The samples circled the earth 15-times a day at 17,227 mph.
Unveiled on October 23 at Ardbeg’s Whiskey Exploration held at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan, the $1m insured vials will return Scotland to be studied by Dr. Lumsden.
Once completed, Dr. Lumsden plans on releasing a white paper on his findings as well as the details around a follow-up experiment to be launched in 2015.
During this time, the special barrel will be on tour globally where one whiskey enthusiast will get the opportunity to purchase it.
Pretty. Damn. Cool! #SpaceDram
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