Drametheus

Ardbeg director of distilling and whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden. Whisky sent into space three years ago in an experiment looking at the impact of gravity on how it matures will return to Earth next month.

As reported by the BBC, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, Bill Lumsden, has said the the experiment could revolutionise whisky making.

He said: “This is one small step for man but one giant leap for whisky.

“The team hope to uncover how flavours develop in different gravitational conditions – findings which could revolutionise the whisky-making process.

“We hope to shine new light on the effect of gravity on the maturation process but who knows where it will lead us? It could be to infinity and beyond.”

The Ardbeg Distillery on Islay blasted compounds of unmatured malt to the International Space Station (ISS) in an unmanned cargo spacecraft in October 2011, along with particles of charred oak. Scientists hope to understand how they interact at close-to-zero gravity.

And here is one of our space overlords enjoying a dram:

It’s just that peaty. Frankly, only the chain-smoking, cancer-riddled and hellbound John Constantine could handle Ardbeg’s briney iodine malt. 

So, to summarise: I have a masters in film theory and I like whiskey, so nonsense like this is pretty much all I have to offer. 

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