It doesn’t matter what country you’re in or what their nominal national spirit is, these days everyone loves brown party liquor. This is a world in which Russians love Scottish whisky, a heady post-Mad Men world where clear is out and the barrel-aged is in. Suntory is a world-famous brand, makers of the best whiskey in the world, and now they’re heading out of this world. The world’s largest whiskey distiller is going beyond the bounds of earth to see just what kind of magic makes its products so delicious. Suntory is sending six different types of its spirits into space with a little help from the ISS. One batch is going to remain in space for a year; another batch will spent two years in orbit.
Sadly for the astronauts, the whiskey won’t be for drinking, but for experimentation purposes. Suntory hopes the astronauts will investigate the role of gravity in aging and mellowing whiskey, and they hope that the results will help them speed up the mellowing and aging process. They plan on performing two sets of experiments, one on earth and one on Japan’s Kibo research module on the International Space Station. The whiskey will be bombarded with x-rays, examined via MRI, and studied in zero-gravity environments to see just what happens when you turn whiskey into space whiskey.
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