What is the difference between whiskey made in space and whiskey made on earth?


Guillermo Melgarejo

A report on whiskey making in a micro-gravity (weightless) environment, which has been carried out over the past few years, has been published using the malt whiskey 'Ardbeg ' made by Ardbeg Distillery.

(PDF file) http://www.ardbeg.com/CDN/ardbeg-media/ardbeg/supernova/ARD9109SupernovaWhitePaperA4.pdf

Ardbeg reveals results of'space whisky' experiment --BBC News

At the invitation of Nanoracks, which is engaged in space experiments at the International Space Station (ISS), the Ardbeg Distillery participated in an experiment to investigate 'Does gravity affect the aging of whiskey?' And launched Whiskey Ardbeg. It was October 2011. In an experiment started in 2012, it was observed how Ardbeg matured under different gravitational forces on the ground and on the ISS, and in September 2014 Ardbeg returned safely to Earth.

Since it is not possible to launch barrels into space, NanoRacks' 'MixStix' tubular container was used in the experiment. The container contains 6 ml of ardbeg and oak cut into 1 mm x 1 mm x 6 cm instead of barrels.

The conclusion by the Ardbeg Distillery was that 'ground-aged whiskey and space-aged whiskey are significantly different.'

First, there was no significant difference between the values of major volatile organic compounds such as alcohol on the ground and in space. The unit of the numerical value below is mg / l.

Analyte ISS sample Ground sample
Acetaldehyde 54.7 53.8
Ethyl acetate 151.4 155.4
Acetal 88.9 89.2
1-Propanol 253.2 242.7
Isobutyl alcohol 470.1 450.7
Isoamyl acetate 10.5 11.8
Butanol 6.5 6.5 6.3
2-Methyl-1-butanol + 3-Methyl-1-butanol 1236.3 1169.1
2-Methyl-1-butanol 312.8 295.6
3-Methyl-1-butanol 923.5 873.5
1-Pentanol 250.7 250.7
Total of higher alcohol 1959.6 1862.5
(2-Methyl-1-butanol + 3-methyl-1-butanol) / isobutyl alcohol 2.6 2.6
3-Methyl-1-butanol / 2-methyl-1-butanol 3 3
Furfural 47.1 67.8

However, in the numerical value of wood extract, there were some substances whose numerical value increased and some substances whose numerical value decreased. It is believed that this is because the more submerged oak under microgravity in the whiskey liquid causes a change in the extraction level of the components.

Analyte ISS sample Ground sample
Gallic acid 3.4 3.4 2.8
Ellagic acid 57.6 41.5
Coniferyl aldehyde 11.3 14.9
Vanillin 39.1 69.1
Vanillic acid 17.2 30.4
Sinapaldehyde 31.6 47.7
Syringaldehyde 150.9 259.8
Syringic acid 59.2 94.4
Scopoletin 1.7 1.7 2.2
Hydroxymethylfurfural 25.2 48.2

As you can see in the numbers, the taste and aroma of the ISS sample is like preservatives, rubber and smoked fish, while the ground sample has a sweet and sour aroma reminiscent of old Ardbeg and mainly woody taste. It had a nice aroma and tasted like smoked fruits, spices and bacon.

Dr. Bill Ramsden, who is involved in whiskey making and distillation at Ardbeg Distillery, said, 'When I sniffed the samples that came back from space, I felt that Ardbeg's smoky and phenolic properties became stronger. 'I've never tasted this flavor before,' he said. 'I knew that Ardbeg had complex properties, but whiskey has the potential for additional aspects. This result shows that it exists, 'said the results of the experiment.

By the way, while Ardbeg Distillery focused on 'making whiskey in space', Ballantine 's, a prestigious Scotch whiskey, is developing whiskey glasses for use in space in collaboration with the Open Space Agency (OSA).

Space Glass — Medium

This is the start movie of the project.

Space Glass Project: The Beginning --YouTube

Ballantine's 5th Master Blender, Sandy Hislop .

OSA's James Parr

The challenge is how to handle liquids in a micro-gravity environment. 'The challenge of achieving a'wonderful cup in space'is as difficult as a rocket designer,' said Par.

However, in order to achieve the goal, the Space Glass Project was promoted after repeated discussions.

A number of designs will be created with a 3D printer.

Next is a movie of the microgravity test.

Space Glass Project: The Microgravity Test-YouTube

Once the glass design is complete, it will be tested to see if it can really be taken into space and used.

Toben Kaneman of

ZARM: Drop Tower , which can be tested in a micro-gravity environment.

The inside of the tower looks like this

Liquid is poured into the glass

Then check the state of the liquid under microgravity. The left side is a convex plate and the right side is a concave plate.

No liquid spilled from this glass.

The metal parts serve as a mouthpiece, and the whiskey is sucked up and drunk through a tube that runs through the inside of the glass.

Although it has not been commercialized, an image video of how this glass is used is made.

Ballantine's Space Glass-YouTube

The arm is holding the glass.

The glass is placed in the center of a large-scale device.

People sitting far away are staring at the device.

Then Arm grabs a bottle of whiskey ...

It's like pouring whiskey into a glass.

A whiskey ball is formed in the center of the glass, which seems to be a micro environment.

After pouring, the device throws the glass at the person.

People who receive and taste whiskey.

Outside the window ...

A scene that you have never seen spreads out.

One day, human beings who have advanced into space will enjoy whiskey ...

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